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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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Apparently its not that Sam was written off. Its just that they decided to keep Chord's contract to a recurring star status as opposed to a regular. It doesn't mean that Chord has been let go from the show.

Priyam-srivastav

So it doesn't make sense as he was sort of getting it on with Mercedes right at the end of season 2!

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If they really want let Chord Overstreet go,then what's the point of Samercedes's scene at the end of the final...FAIL!!

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Oh God, I'm unsure if I should be upset or not. On one hand, I am so extremely happy about Blaine and Mike deffinately being back next season. Blaine makes Kurt happy (now that he got his head out of his ass), and therefor I want him on forever. I want to see a romantic gay relationship that isn't based on sex on tv, and I want to see a couple that will go through things together. I think they can, so long as the writers don't screw with them in order to make things interestig/Ryan Murphy's version of 'real'. Mike and Tina have glee's longest lasting relationship, and I like that they aren't as ridiculous-acting as some of the others. They're, dare I say it, normal. I think we need them to balance out some of the other, more dramatic personalities. BUT. Why Sam? I mean, he wasn't my favorite, but I do really like him. He's just really a nice guy. He never acted rude to or avoided Kurt like most of the guys did. He never played around with girls, or cheated, or strung anyone along. He doesn't complain about his family's situation, and he watches after his siblings. He started dating Mercedes, so he obviously isn't shallow. (Not that Mercedes isn't pretty, because she actually really is, but you know what I'm saying.) He stands up for other people more then he does for himself. He's unashamed about his nerdy-ness. He's just a really, really sweet person. I don't get why they feel the need to do away with him. Why can't we get rid of someone who's an asshole? Dude, Finn is kind of a huge jerk. Why can't we get rid of him? Or hey, what about Mr. Schue? He's really condescending, and plays favorites alot. (Which is probably part of why Finn is a jerk. I mean, he was a lot nicer before Mr. Schue started extreme-favoring him and letting him get away with everything. He came in to the classroom and punched Kurt and Mr. Schue did nothing, and when Kurt was pestering him about Brittney Spears he sent the kid to the principal's. I'm not saying Kurt was right, but he didn't do anything worse then Finn, and Finn ceartainly didn't get reprecussions.) Just.....why Sam?

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I honestly couldn't care less if they cut Harry. He can't sing and he has had almost no character development. But it really doesn't make sense to cut Chord. He's popular with the fans and has had some good story lines, not to mention that so many people were excited to see where his relationship with Mercedes went.

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Wth?!! The nerve they have, to remove him just after Samcedes was made official! Seriously!! Grrr >:((
I say keep Chord/Sam, get rid of Harry/Mike!

Rbirdie

WTF? My comment cut off. Sam leaving is so sad. :( Looooooved him so much. :'(

Rbirdie

WHAT THE HELL? WHAT THE HELL!!!? SAM

Hez

Yes! So so happy :) DarrenCriss ♥♥

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With all this craziness, I have to say the news I'm most anxious to hear about is Max Adler's status for next season, rather than scaled back like Ashley Fink I'd much rather he was offered a regular contract as well. I do wish they'd tell us what's going on with him. Dear RIB, MORE MAX ADLER PLEASE!

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Unique: I know. I should probably start getting used to it.
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