A Glee Spinoff? Ryan Murphy Clarifies Remarks, Explains Casting Debacle

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Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer aren't going anywhere.

So, why did Glee creator Ryan Murphy make a point of saying these three stars would not return to the show on season four? And why did Michele and Colfer release statements that appeared to verify this news?

It was all part of a spinoff plan gone horribly wrong, Murphy says in a new interview, taking some responsibility, but also placing a lot of blame on the actors, their representatives and the media.

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"We were asked to investigate doing a spin-off and it was a spin-off specifically for three of them" Murphy explained to Deadline. "All three of them expressed interest... for any of those actors to say, ‘I found out that I was fired off the show from Twitter,’ is absolutely 100% not true. None of them were fired. It was never about that. We were going to do a spin-off where the three of them were going to go on [to Julliard in NYC]."

Where did it all go wrong? Murphy said no one was allowed to actually mention the plan for a new series.

"I think that some of those actors’ representatives spun it in a certain way, to be quite honest, I don't understand... When I say they’re seniors and they’re not coming back to the show, what I did not say is they’re not coming back to the show because there will be another show. What Brad [Falchuk] said this weekend at Comic-Con is now correct: they’re graduating. What we wanted is to get people away from this idea that the actors were fired which is ludicrous. Nobody was fired. They were talked to for months about the show."

Murphy says plans for a spin-off have "collapsed," but Lea, Cory and Chris are under contract for seven years. No one is going anywhere and the writing staff is working on new ways to graduate the characters while still keeping them on Glee.

"I’ve learned a lesson from this experience. I’ve learned to really really monitor what I say. Before I didn’t do that. My bad. Stupid."

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I'm so uninterested now. it's all well and good telling us we are learning spoilers or whatever but when you've no freakin' clue yourself as writers why the hell involve the fans?! Nobody knows anything, get on with writing and filming it instead of speculating every potential possibility. The cast don't know what's going on so don't leave them to have to satisfy fans cravings for gossip when there is none. If information isn't available for contractual reasons don't discuss it AT ALL, and certainly don't blame the actors when they have to take up the flak and answer questions of misinformation from impulsive production team members!


This show is so over, now...


Ok ..honestly I think Ryan Murphy is an idiot and thinks very very VERY Highly of himself, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that he actually reads TVfanatic not because he's into this site, but because he loves himself so much that any article that sites him or even mentions him in anyway what so ever So Ryan Murphy, I hope you have enjoyed your name being said yet again!.


Seriously? They are under contract for SEVEN years? Omg.


What if they go to a state school and come back to help Mr.Shue run the Glee for two days a week or something? That could work...


so they're staying on the show ???
this is good news for fans but likely most fans like me are a little annoyed with being told different things about season 4 all the time !!
i think ryan put out there about them leaving the show to test the fanbase ... once he found out lots of people were'nt happy he does a 360 and says them leaving was never the plan
glee is one of my favourite shows so i'll give ryan the benefit of the doubt this time and trust him when he says them leaving was never the plan :)


This actually makes sense -- Murphy's explanation. Also I think we all need to keep in mind that there was enough extra show of the season finale to fill another 30 minutes (meaning that after Murphy and co. were allowed to turn "Born This Way" into a 90 minute episode, it seems quite likely he took it upon himself to film the finale as a 90 minute episode ... and then didn't get the network Ok. Still, I don't see why they can't just send Rachel and Kurt to New York and follow them there (maybe the network will like it and do the spinoff later) and cover them with however much time each episode like they, for instance, covered the Warblers?


Ryan, as long as you don't emotionally react to gossip you'll do fine... The fact is if you had just let it be and continued on with the spin-off EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY. Now you've probably just pissed off the vast majority of your shows fanbase


It sounds like a backpedal. The actors were GOING TO be cycled off the show, but someone balked and told them they'd have to change their story in order to keep the characters. Hollywood shit, in other words.


But why does this mean that they can't still go ahead?

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