Fox President Speaks on Glee Spin-Off, Casting Confusion, Season 3

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Earlier today, we heard from Ryan Murphy, who tried to explain his role in the recent Glee casting and spin-off confusion.

Now, courtesy of his session at the Television Critics Association Press tour, it's time to read what Fox President Kevin Reilly has to say on a number of show-related topics.

 Will in Class

Will there be a spin-off? “The spin-off was in the wind. We haven’t said we’re not doing it. We talked about it last season. Ryan did talk to all the actors about it. Ryan himself has said he regrets he talked about it. The spin-off will stay in the wind. We collectively decided to revisit it in the back half of the year.”

On the casting controversy: “I can laugh about it because it’s taken on more of a heated momentum than it actually is. This show is such an undertaking.. Ryan Murphy and his group of associates do a phenomenal job. In the middle of Ryan’s creativity this got out... this was a two-day issue that took on a bigger life. These guys get along incredibly well.”

On season three: “The season feels so focused this year. It’s a very back to basics year. There’s not going to be any guest stars or tributes. There will be a graduation at the end and three will graduate. There will be surprises about how that will play out. Glee is an incredibly creative enterprise. It’s almost too much of a good thing. We’re going to focus on our core cast.”

“Initially, there’s not going to be any big guest stars or tribute in the first batch of episodes. And in general, [back to basics] will be the focus for the season. There’s an arc that will drive the year. The competition will be alive and well. You will have the winner for The Glee Project joining at some point down the road."

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I don't care about a spin off. RM needs to focus on making THIS one better. Glee has become ridiculous after the crap that the writers came up with last season.

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too sad that chord overstreet won't come back.

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i hope season 3 will be as good as the other 2 seasons, looking forward to it and the surprises it brings, love glee so much, all the actors and actresses have lots of talent. Can't wait! Gleek! :)

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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.

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