At today’s FOX executive session at the Television Critics Association tour taking place in Pasadena, network chief, Kevin Reilly, confirmed that the Glee story line will move to New York City for the rest of the season, after Lima graduation. Via The Hollywood Reporter:
“Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” he said, declining to provide specific details on which characters will be making the move. “There will be some that will graduate and move on and they’ll arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it. The way it’s going to dovetail next season, we’ll see some familiar faces coming around in some capacity. But for this season, there will be a graduation, several of the cast members will move on and a few others will go to New York.”
Among those who likely will make the move are Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester, with the executive noting that the teachers — including Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester — will fit in the same way on the series. “As long as there’s a show, there’s Jane,” he said. “We’re not going to be in Ohio anymore the rest of this season.”
Glee returns midseason, Tuesday, February 25 with episode 9. Episode 11, the Nationals episode, “City of Angels” airs on March 11. Next, is the two part 500th episode celebration, episodes 12 and 13, airing March 18 and 25. The kids will probably graduate at this point, and the rest of the season, episodes 14-22 will take place in New York City. I could be off an episode or two, so don’t hold me to it.
I am THRILLED the show is set to move to the Big Apple. But I am concerned about problematic characters like Will Shuester (Matt Morrison) and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) also making the shift. I do not want a world where Sue is hanging around Bushwick making the kids lives miserable like she did in Lima. Infecting NYC with the issues that have torpedoed the Lima side would ruin a promising reboot of the aging musical comedy.
I want to see many of the sillier elements banished with Lima. Make the storyline richer and more realistic as the kids find their way post graduation.
Groundwork has already been laid for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) to move to New York. They’re a safe bet. Ditto Artie (Kevin McHale) who is accepted at a fictional Brooklyn film school. I suspect we’ll be saying bye bye to original gleekster, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) who has been written badly for many seasons. The producers obviously don’t care about her.
No word on what will happen to series regulars Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Kitty (Becca Tobin) and Unique (Alex Newell), but do we really care? Actually, Alex can come to New York. And so can Kitty . Bye bye to the rest, though.
Kevin Reilly once again, confirmed, that Glee will end after Season 6, next year.