For a while it seemed as though Glee would suffer a mass cast exodus as graduating seniors Rachel, Finn and Kurt headed off to pursue theater-arts studies in the Big Apple. But now Fox has announced that the series will juggle both NYC and Ohio-set story lines, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson signing on as New York-based mentors. (I'm hearing the New York sets will be built in Hollywood so the cast will continue working together.) With nearly everyone expected back and no summer concert tour planned during their hiatus, for the first time in years the Glee cast has a couple of free months before heading back to work. Here's how they plan to spend the summer.
Cory Monteith (Finn): "I'm going to do an independent film toward the end of the summer. It's going to be a lot darker than Glee and a much different character from Finn."
Jane Lynch (Sue): "I'm going to Vermont for a month and doing jury duty in July. I've been pushing off my civic duty and now I have to do it. Hopefully it won't take too long."
Matthew Morrison (Will): "I just signed with Adam Levine's new label. I'm one of the first artists he's signed and will be recording my second album. It's going to be a collection of standards, which is what I love to sing, like 'Hey There' and 'It Don't Mean a Thing.'"
Jayma Mays (Emma): "I'm shooting The Smurfs 2 through the middle of July with Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria. We're filming in Montreal and Paris. My character was expecting a baby in the first one, so now we're going to have a little one named Blue."
Lea Michele (Rachel): "I'm going to stay home with my family in New York for a while. I'm looking forward to seeing Ricky Martin in [Broadway's] Evita and Andrew Garfield in Death of a Salesman. And I'm just really excited for the things coming up next year with Rachel going to college."
Chris Colfer (Kurt): "I'll be working on my next book and sleeping in every chance I get." (Chris' first novel, The Land of Stories, comes out July 17).
Darren Criss (Blaine): "A staycation. I'm going to just stay put."
Heather Morris (Brittany): "I'm going on vacation to Mexico, as I have for the past three years. I love to swim down there."
Naya Rivera (Santana): "Vacation plans with family and friends. Then I'll be in the studio recording more songs for my album."
Amber Riley (Mercedes): "I'll be recording my album after relaxing in Jamaica!"
Kevin McHale (Artie): "Sitting my ass on a beach somewhere. And I might go visit my family in Texas."
Dianna Agron (Quinn): "Checking off my to-do lists: my drum lessons, some pastry classes and keeping up on the trapeze! I just want to frolic around and see where the wind takes me."
Mark Salling (Puck): "I'm going to do some more traveling and finish up the next album, which you will hear about soon. The songwriting and recording doesn't ever stop, hiatus or not."
Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike): "Selling lemonade in front of my mom's house."
Chord Overstreet (Sam): "Writing and recording music."
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina): "Absolutely nothing, except getting my new house together and going to Hawaii. I just want to sit in the sun, get tan and drink."
Dot Jones (Coach Beiste): "I'm going to New York for the AIDS Walk and then a vacation."