Glee Cast Shake-Up: Darren Criss, Harry Shum to Return; Chord Overstreet Out!

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Glee delivered both good news and bad news for fans yesterday:

Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) have been upgraded to series regulars for season three. However, Chord Overstreet will NOT return as Sam.

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“well its been a good yr too bad its over, time for summer and starting fresh," Overstreet - who could still appear occasionally - Tweeted after the news was announced.

Ashley Fink, who recurred on season two as Lauren, will return next year. But she has not received the same upgrade as Criss and Shrum.

What do you think of this casting news, readers?

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i know i m gonna get a lot of crap for this comment......but... "GLEE" is the gayest show on tv today...its crap...everybody has a good enough reason to burst into a song....its like "bollywood" and i am an indian...still think its crap..sorry fans..just had to say me homophobic..i dont care...but its the truth..


-.- Seriously? I know he will stil be a recurring character, but he deserves to be a regular, and I wish they would get rid of Ashley. She doesn't do anything, she is just there.


Chord was getting really good stories and his dynamic as a character he shook things up with finn, rachel and Quinn, keeping Ashley is fine but at least Sam was original. He was his own character the hot the boy with the nerdy personality btw way to tell us at the end of the season Mercedes gets a hookup with a hot boy like Sam and then screw it up.


PLEASE dump Ashley. no talent, ugly and not even nice. Only character I can't stand


of all the characters why Sam? he has an amazing voice, and I was looking forward to his relationship with Mercedes, I believe they both deserve a chance....


WHY ?!!!!!!!!!! I don't get it. But I'm glad to see that Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. will be back.


Seriously, I read that Sam was let go because his homeless storyline had little comedic value. But having to give up a baby or getting bullied are laugh riots?? He was the one character that was timely & topical. I like the fact that there's out gay characters, but it's gotten so that's the whole show. Definitely keep working with their issues & problems, but Sam brought the terror that is the economy into the mix, and it was needed.


So so sad to hear this! WTH is up with you, Ryan Murphy??? Sam wasn't my favourite character but I really liked him! He didn't just swing in the background, he had his own storylines, and they were pretty good ones, so why this now?? And what will happen with him and Mercedes now? They did that OMG moment on the finale for nothing? It's disappointing because I really wanted to see Mercedes in a relationship, since she has never had one. I am unhappy with this decision, but on the other side I am happy that Harry and Darren got promoted to series regular.


Vaguely sad for Chord. Vaguely happy for Darren and Harry -- I hope their characters get better, more interesting material and consistent development next season. Really just waiting to hear what's going on with Max Adler in season 3. I want him back as a series regular so badly! Dave's by far the most interesting character on the show right now: conflicted, sarcastic, emotionally hurting, angry. You just never know what he's going to say or do. It makes him riveting to watch every time he's onscreen.


i dont get it. they cut chord out and he is a really good singer. but they keep ashley?? her character is useless he cant sing and in my opinion she shouldnt be with puck so i would write her off. sry for my english

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[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.


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