Glee Season 4: New Challenges, New Enemies, Old Status

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We're mere hours removed from the emotional end of Glee Season 3. But it's not too soon to talk and speculate about Glee Season 4, is it?

In a recent interview with Vulture - the same one that teased American Horror Story Season 2 - creator Ryan Murphy offered up a few tidbits and spoilers regarding plans for the show's return this fall.

Glee Season Finale Scene

"I will say the story for season four gets back to the underdog status and that will appease people, maybe," Murphy said, answering critics who believe Glee partially lost its way when New Directions grew too successful.

Murphy also responded to the words of Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who said last week at the network's upfront that Glee would go the a "creative renaissance" next year, clearly a dig at season three.

"Kevin wants a Glee that’s about Top 40, pop culture, big stars. So I know that he loved the end of this season, and I went and pitched him the next season and I think he loves it because it’s very pop-culture-based."

Finally, Murphy addressed two non-graduating characters: Will and Sue, played, of course, by Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch.

"What I like is they will no longer be playing the same stories. Jane needs to get a new enemy and fast. Same for Matt. Matt has to have a new challenge and a new thing. We did not want to repeat the formula we’ve done. The show will be very different, but I think very satisfying."

Are you intrigued by these teases? Ponder them, react to them and give Glee Season 3 a grade now:

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Glee Quotes

I'm gonna miss all of you. I love you guys.

Puck

Blaine: I needed you. I needed you around and you weren't there. And I was lonely. And I'm...I'm really sorry.
Kurt: You don't think that I've been lonely? You don't think that I've had temptations? But I didn't act on it because I knew what it meant. It meant something horrible and awful.