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Glee Comic-Con Panel: Major Casting News! Who is Gone? Who is NOT?

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The Glee Comic-Con panel in Hall H this morning was devoid of the show's top stars, but not of significant casting news.

Right away, co-creator Brad Falchuk explained the show's plans for Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith:

“Here’s the exact thing: [Rachel, Kurt and Finn] are seniors, so they’re graduating, but because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go.’ They are not done with the show after this season.”

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HOWEVER, in less exciting casting news: Chord Overstreet won't return at all.

Falchuk, says the actor was offered a deal to return for 10 episodes - with the possibility of becoming a series regular at midseason - but he declined. No word yet on how the show will explain Sam's absence.

“We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes," Falchuk said. "He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work, so we wished him well.”

Among other topic covered:

  • Yes, there will be more of a focus on character, including “larger stories that take us through the whole season," Falchuck said.
  • We may meet Rachel's dads, but not this season.
  • No Sam? No problem for Mercedes. “She has this new boyfriend she met over the summer who’s pretty cool,” Falchuk said, comparing the relationship to that of “Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife in Jerry Maguire. He’s this Big Bubba kind of guy and he encourages her to want more for herself. That drives her arc into the next half of the season.”
  • Blaine and Kurt won't be breaking up any time.
  • We'll meet Mike's parents.
  • Sue will run for Congress on a "No Arts” platform. Falchuck: “She doesn’t just want to end the glee club; she wants to end [all] glee clubs. She’ll be trying to take them all out, big time.”

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OMG, i'm so happy Chris Colfer, Lea Michele & Cory Monteith will not leave the show after season 3 ;') I'm ALSO happy that Kurt & Blaine won't be breaking up :3

Gaby ee

@Emily, I know! I watch TGP and I now completely understand that Ryan Murphy acts rather impulsively and without thinking things through. I just hope this season of Glee is more rewarding to the fans than the last one.

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As much as I didn't want Lea to leave the show I don't want Rachel to miss out on being a star on Broadway, I'd hate for her to be stuck in Lima (especially if it's for Finn or worse if she turns into Mr Schue mark II). If she's graduating (which I still don't think is necessary, why can't they adopt the True Blood method to time passing?) I want her to move on to bigger and better things. Her staying after graduating makes me sad, I feel bad for Rachel.

Solofia

I ONLY CARE ABOUT SUE'S SQUEMES!

Rbirdie

SAM!!!!!!!!!! :( What the fuck Ryan Murphy? Chord was the only reason I even started watching because he's fricking hot!

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I think Finn and Blaine are staying in Lima... and therefore will act as a place for respectively Rachel and Kurt to share their frustrations while adapting to their lives in New York...
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So Blaine and Finn will skype with their love ones while maybe checking out the newbies in highschool... Drama ahead !!

Beru

Tbh, I think Ryan Murphy let the success of Glee go to his head and he figured that he could do what he wanted without any repercussions. But now that he's heard the outcry at the announcement that Lea, Chris and Cory would be leaving for good it seems that - surprise, surprise - he's changed his mind. It's rather obvious; first Murphy says that he won't be following the characters to college but if they're graduating, how can they stay on unless they plan to pay a visit to their old high school every week? Granted, if the actors are just staying on as guest stars I suppose it's better than nothing. I still don't think I'll be watching the episodes without Lea in them. Rachel is the only reason I watch the show, I simply adore her character.

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Still, they seem to be receptive to their fans. It would be nice if RM didn't talk so much without thinking first, but if things keep getting corrected ... that's certainly a lot more than a lot of shows that just go offtrack. I'm so happy Glee was created and is on! I'm so happy Lea Michele has come along (I think she's just the next one in a line from Judy Garland to Barbra Streisand to Lea Michele and can do as many plays/movies). So, I'm happy for the consideration for the fans and grateful for Murphy and company.

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"If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go." Finally they realize this! Seriously, I thought they were trying to get a YDS Emmy. It would've been the first ever awarded, but by far not the first deserved. Then again, RM probably doesn't care WHAT kind of Emmy he winds up with.

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Methinks they had to backtrack somewhat cos yet again RM was speaking before discussing his plans with anyone else. Who knows what will happen next season, by the sounds of it the writers don't even know!

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