Last night at a TV Academy event for the Glee Project, co-creator, Ryan Murphy talked to reporters last night about what fans can expect from Glee Season 4.
But first–Ryan revealed some additional Glee Project mentors. Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Jane Lynch will appear, joining the already announced Lea Michele (she starred in the premiere) Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera . Last year, other than Darren, none of Glee’s heavy hitters were mentors. Ryan says most of the actors turned down the opportunity to participate in Season1, but after watching the show, they were on board for Season 2.
As far as the future of Glee Project Season 1 winners, Ryan says he hopes to bring back some of them for Season 4. And he swears, there will be only ONE winner this year. Ryan had no idea there would be multiple winners until the day before the Season 1 finale, “I honestly thought there was a place for all four of them on the show.” he said.
Ryan was characteristically vague–and contradictory–when revealing plans for Season 4. First, he said of the graduates, only Lea Michele was guaranteed for 22 episodes. But when pushed to comment on the fates of Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, Ryan backtracked, “I think I have to talk to the actors and say, ‘What do you want to do?’ That’s how we’ve been dealing with that. I’ve only talked to Lea so far. So maybe yes, when I talk to them. That’s all happening in the next two weeks.”
And as far as Cory’s story line–we left Finn at the end of Season 3 joining the army –will the action follow him to boot camp or into combat? “That’s a big secret,” he said.
So…it sounds like Ryan still has no idea how Season 4 will shape up. This should be really interesting. If he attempts to stuff every single graduate into Season 4 storylines, plus add new members to the choir room, the cast is going to be even more unwieldy than it’s been in the past.
Glee writers are back at work crafting the season premiere, and I hear that production on Season 4 will begin mid-July.