Glee to Graduate, Replace Cast Members?

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Be extra sure to get your fill of Finn, Rachel and company every week, Glee fans. Because these characters won't be around forever.

In an interview with Australia's Herald Sun, creator Ryan Murphy said the show might look different in a couple years. That's because students will graduate, and actors/actresses will age.

"There's nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot," Murphy joked.

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Saying he cast Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans to kick start this process, Murphy said that "every year we’re going to populate a new group" in anticipation of characters moving on.

"I think you have to be true to the fact that here is a group of people who come and go in these teachers' lives - they graduate and they're gone," Murphy said." When some of them finish their run at high school it will be very teary episodes. For me it will be particularly tough but a new crop [of actors] will come in."

That's already been the case with Overstreet, Darren Criss and Charice (who will return for the show's Super Bowl episode), most of whom fans seem to have welcomed with open arms.

But this is clearly significant news for the show. Will you keep watching once all the original cast members are gone? Discuss that issue now in our Glee forum.

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I think they should leave the show at the end of next years' season. Honestly, that means Quinn had her baby in GRADE 9. At least grade 10 seems more realistic. Obviously, they do need to graduate. We will need to find a new bunch of lovable characters. Its not gonna be easy.

Therainhouse02

I think we could keep Glee in school and in college. The problem I have with Glee is that most of the stories are set in the school. We should follow the characters home more.. Like when Will was sick and we got to see Terri take care of him. We should follow some of the characters to college and see maybe if Finn tries to start a Glee club there and succeeds or fails. Possible storyline. I think my interest would slowly be gone like it did with OTH once they took out Peyton and Lucas. Some characters can't be taken out of the show.

Iheartchuckbassandnatearchibald

It is unrealistic if they had all the original characters on the show forever, but I, for one, would most likely not watch it once all the familiar characters leave. After all, Glee is not only about the music, it's also about these characters and their stories, sonmething which I feel that Ryan Murphy forgets at times.

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Probably not.

Alicegranger

@ LittleAngel Well, I don't know about Beverly Hills, but I can say for Gossip Girl, they were almost never seen at school. They were never at class and even in university, it's little more than a plot point. It's simply not an important part of the show. Glee on the other hand has everything to do with William Mckinley High, Mr. Schuster champions the Glee club, and it's the only way they can all be together. (And even in school it's obvious that Glee club is the only place they all talk to each other) If a group as diverse as the Glee kids all ended up at the same university, it would feel highly contrived, and besides, where would Will, Sue and Emma go?

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The producers have done a great job casting actors this year (Chord and Darren)-so even though I will miss the original cast I will still continue to watch. I hope that Ryan can bring these characters back for guest spots to catch the audience up to what is going on in their lives.

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I'm going to miss Puck! He shouldn't be aloud to graduate !

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I don't think I'll keep watching when they graduate, but you never know. Everyone in New Directions are juniors, right, so maybe Ryan Murphy should bring in someone younger next season, so they'll overlap a little.

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New cast members would be a breath of fresh air after three or four years of the originals but we all know that shows are never the same after either the format or casts have changed. It will be inevitable that ratings will drop once the original members have left. I for one will keep watching as I love the show and the music.

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Even if they went to college, they can't stay there forever. So...I'm fine with it.

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You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.

Sue

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.

Rachel