At the Critics Choice Awards last night, where he was honored with the Louis XIII Genius Award, Glee co-creator, Ryan Murphy confirmed what we pretty much already knew. That the Glee story line will be heading back to Lima for Season 6. He told TV Line:
“We’re working on the last season now, and it really feels like it’s getting back to its roots, which I love,” he shared. “I’m sort of reinvigorated about it. It’s getting back to what I was initially interested in with the show, which was arts in school. The last season is really about the importance of arts education in our high schools… I think people will like it.”
More confirmation that Glee will be headed back to where it all began comes from fellow co-creator, Brad Falchuk, who told TV Line that “there will be a lot going on in Lima” during Season 6. Glee star, Jane Lynch, got the speculation ball rolling earlier this month when she told reporters at a FOX Girls Night Out event that “We’re all going to be coming back together in Ohio at McKinley” for Glee’s final season.
I’m not hearing anything yet that contradicts what MY source told me—that Rachel (Lea Michele) will return to McKinley to put the Glee club back together. In effect, she’ll be the new Mr. Schue.
Also, an idea that’s being considered, is to have the Rachel-led New Directions go head to head once again with their old nemesis, Vocal Adrenaline. Only this time, Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) would be at the helm, with Blaine (Darren Criss)–or maybe another ND alum–working as his assistant.
My source told me that out of the newbies, only Alex Newell, has been asked to return, for a few episodes. He plays the transgender character, Unique. Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Becca Tobin (Kitty) so far, have not been asked back.
Also from my source:
- Some filming will be set in both New York City and Los Angeles.
- The season will run 10-12 episodes.
- Filming could wrap up as early as December.
An offtopic aside: Ryan admitted to TV Line that he “sort of stepped away from Glee a little bit” to focus on other projects, that included directing HBO’s The Normal Heart.
Cory Monteith’s death also made working on the show challenging. “To be honest with you, my heart kind of broke a little bit,” he conceded. “It was very difficult, not just for me, but for everybody.”
I wish Ryan could just admit that his short attention span is well past the point where he’s the least bit able to focus on his aging show. When he received his Genius award Thursday night, he never mentioned Glee. Not even once. He’s so over it.