There's no new episode of Glee airing Thursday night, but behind the scenes, Feb. 28 is a big day for the Fox musical comedy.
"I actually have a meeting tomorrow morning at 11 where I have to pitch out not only the end of this year but the next year," co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy told TVGuide.com Wednesday at a Paley Center event honoring his work. "I think what I want to do — and I hope it is liked by the other people who control my paychecks — is... something that we've never done before. So, a different kind of storytelling — not what you would think.
"I didn't want to do something that we've done every year," Murphy continued. "I wanted to do something that was a little longer, sort of novelistic in the storytelling, [with] a couple good cliff-hangers."
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What exactly Murphy has planned for the end of the year, and specifically for this year's graduating seniors, is anyone's guess. "I don't know if he will graduate," Chord Overstreet said of Sam's future following his less-than-stellar SAT scores. "That hasn't come up once, so nobody really knows what the game plan is about all that."
Jenna Ushkowitz sounded a little more confident about Tina's future beyond the halls of McKinley High. "It's a little scary because last year graduation for them meant goodbye, but I'm excited," she said. "I think it will open new doors for Tina and I think that she's had a really good senior year."
But before the New Directions' seniors turn their tassels and leave Lima for good, there's plenty of drama and big musical numbers ahead. Murphy and the cast revealed what else is coming up this season:
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Buh-bye Rachel 2.0? Murphy was tight-lipped about Rachel's (Lea Michele) baby bombshell at the end of the last episode, but said the shocking news will serve as a wake-up call of sorts. "For me, I was really interested in that idea of the single girl in New York trying to figure it out and I wanted something that would jolt her, good or bad, back to her core," Murphy said. "She and Santana have a really big story about that where Santana is like, 'What the hell happened to you?' which I think happens to a lot of people right out of high school. They waver from their dream a little bit and Santana's job is to sort of get her back on the right track."
No NYADA for Santana. Now that she's officially in the Big Apple, what will be Santana's (Naya Rivera) path to fame and fortune as a performer? One thing is for sure: She won't be taking dance classes from Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) anytime soon. "I think she's going to try to be a star in a different way. I don't see her as a NYADA gal, but I do see her being a star," Murphy said. "I think she's much rougher and more facile than the others, but she will do very well there."
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A new love interest for Tina? After pining away for the very clearly gay Blaine (Darren Criss) in the last few episodes, Tina will finally loosen her grip on Kurt's ex, at least a little. "He's going to help her find a boyfriend," Ushkowitz said. "We haven't really gotten into that story line yet, but it's sort of gone away from Tina literally straddling Blaine."
More new glee club teachers! When Mr. Schue is unable to lead the New Directions — again — it won't be Finn (Cory Monteith) filling his spot in the choir room. "[Sam and Blaine] take over the glee club and start teaching because Mr. Schue goes out with the flu. We kind of take a week to just have fun," Overstreet said. Let's just hope that Sam and Blaine aren't also forced to wear those drab vests and button-up shirts.
New Directions will spice it up in a big way. As first revealed by Murphy via Twitter earlier this week, the show will be doing a Spice Girls number with specific members of the New Directions playing the different personalities. "[Tina's] spice is not the one that you'd expect of her," Ushkowitz teased.
Glee airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox. What do you want to see happen at graduation? Which seniors should head to New York?