Everything you thought you knew about Season 3 of Glee is probably wrong.
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At Sunday's Comic-Con panel for the popular Fox show, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan clarified — or more specifically, dispelled — recent news and headlines about the show's future. To review:
Glee boss Ryan Murphy said Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith's characters are graduating from William McKinley and that the actors would not be back for Season 4. Falchuk says: Not necessarily true! At the panel, Falchuk appeared to take back what Murphy said this month. "Here's the exact thing: They are seniors, so they're graduating, but because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show," he said. "If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don't say, 'We're gonna let you go.'" So, now they're staying? Well, he's not saying that either; it's just not 100 percent definite that they're leaving. "Absolutely not... It was never our plan, it was never our intention to do that." P.S. "A number of the original [cast members' characters] are not graduating this year," he added. Make of that what you will loyal Glee viewers!
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Murphy also said that producers have been toying with the idea of a Kurt-and-Rachel Glee spin-off. Falchuk says: True, but it's not going to happen. Or, at least, there's only a very slim chance of it happening. The studio that produces Glee had long ago suggested that possibility for the very popular characters, and the producers did tease Kurt and Rachel heading to New York after graduation in the Season 2 finale. But the writers are now "leaning against doing it," Falchuk said. Why? Part of the reason is that he and Murphy are about to launch a brand new drama on FX called American Horror Story and they'd likely be hard-pressed to take on a third series.
Chord Overstreet was not promoted to series regular, but he was expected to be back for more episodes. Falchuk says: Not anymore! It's official: Sam, aka Trouty Mouth, will not return to McKinley. While his co-stars Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss were upped to full-time status on the series, Overstreet was not. Instead, producers asked him to return in the same recurring capacity, but Overstreet declined the offer. "For reasons Chord is aware of, we decided not to make him a regular," Falchuk said. "But we invited him back... he declined. We were disappointed. ... We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes (Amber Riley). He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can't force him to work, so we wished him well." In better news, Mercedes will still have clinched a boyfriend when the show comes back. Producers say he'll be a very positive, encouraging influence on Mercedes. Awwwww.
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The winner of The Glee Project will be Coach Sue's (Jane Lynch) new nemesis. Falchuk says: Not exactly! Murphy said that, but apparently it's not the plan any longer. Or it's not exactly the plan. We recommend you just watch the show when it premieres this fall.
Several other things were said at the panel — believe them at your own risk!
Coach Sue will be running for Congress on a "no arts" platform. "She doesn't just want to end the glee glub — she wants to end all glee clubs," Brennan said.
Coach Bieste (Dot Marie Jones) will return — and we'll be seeing more of her softer side. "She's literally the mushiest person I've ever met," Falchuk said of Jones, adding viewers can expect to see more of that written into her character. Fun fact: Jones' dream Broadway role is to play Ursula from A Little Mermaid.
Is Blaine joining New Directions? They're not giving that away. "Tune in!" Brennan said.
Brennan is still trying to make "Santittany" happen. Too bad, guy. It looks like "Brittana" is the official couple name for Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera).
Remember Rachel's gay dads? They almost made it onto the show. Producers wrote a scene for them in an early Season 1 episode, but wound up cutting it. "It's tricky," Brennan said of trying to include the character's parents. But they could still pop up, he teased.
Are Blaine and Kurt going to break up? Not any time soon! "They're good, they're solid," Falchuk said. That doesn't mean there won't be any conflict between them, though. "They're two stars, so there will be problems," he added. "But they're not breaking up." Said Criss: They're kind of in the honeymoon phase. I'm a big fan of Klaine."
And what about a reunion for Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Artie (Kevin McHale)? Sorry, Tina and Mike (Shum) are MFEO. Would it make you feel better to meet Mike's parents on the show? Because that's looking like a real possibility.
What do you think about what's happening with Glee? What do you want to happen in Season 3?