Thursday, 14 July 2011

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer Not Returning for Glee's Fourth Season

Prepare the swan songs!

Colfer, Michele and Monteith are not going to be back at all for Season 4. Murphy tells THR: "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”

Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that “more characters are leaving than are staying” when graduation time comes at the season’s end.

“We’ve never done anything by the book,” he said, adding that who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere. “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”

Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s decision to graduate the trio -- among others -- has been well-received by the show’s new writers, he said. The group  recently returned to work and are writing story lines that include several characters’ parents as the college talk heats up.

Ryan Murphy has not been secretive at all about his desire to graduate main castmembers of Glee after next season (the show's third), but a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter makes the situation much more…final.

Still, fans were kind of hoping that Glee's graduating class would at least pop up in season four. Murphy spoke to that theory, plus a lot more…

Well, don't hold your breath for cameos by Rachel, Finn and Kurt.

Murphy told the mag that those three are "not going to be back at all for season four." He continues: "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year."

In fact, Murphy says he plans on cleaning house in season four, noting that "more characters are leaving than are staying." So, Chord Overstreet isn't the only one lining up post-Glee jobs.

But on the plus side, Glee fans will soon be able to see all their favorite New Directions members in theaters on August 12 with Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie! Check out the poster and maybe cheer up a bit?

Murphy also reveals that we will find out in the season-three premiere (Sept. 20) who's graduating and who's staying. To that, he insists that there aren't any hard feelings about graduating castmembers, at least regarding Lea and Chris. "We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top."

And now for some bad news for Finchel fans. Murphy says that while he's interested in Lea's character, he's not so focused "on her relationship with Finn." In the end, he wants her graduation to be about her dreams past McKinley High's halls and "how she plans on getting them."

When asked about whether Cory knows the plan for his character's graduation, Murphy reasons, "He knows he was a sophomore when the show started."

So Glee fans, who will you miss the most when season three comes to an end? Who else do you think is graduating besides Rachel, Finn and Kurt?

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