"If you have Lea Michele under contract, you donâ€™t say, â€˜Weâ€™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.
Seriously! This sounds like suicide by a thousand cuts. To use my former analogy, it's like The Mary Tyler Moore Show deciding to cut Mary, Lou Grant and Murray Slaughter and hanging on to Gordy the weatherman, Ruth Ann and Chuckles the clown! Or, more recently, cutting Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza and Elaine Benes, keeping the rest of the cast and hoping to pick up replacements for the cuts. They're cutting virtually all the stars and keeping the support cast and hoping to get (cheaper) replacement stars from middle school. It wasn't genius getting these three incredibly talented actors and it certainly wasn't scripting that created that Harry Potter-level magical dynamic between Rachel and Finn. And, I assume that based upon this latest selective graduation decision, we're forced to believe that it was pure dumb luck. Now, it looks like the show is going to be constrained to a shoestring budget in the hopes that the producers will get lucky and "step in it" again. I really don't see that happening, and it sucks because this is one of my favorite shows... headed over the cliff with nobody to grab the wheel.
Face it, and like it or not, this is The Rachel Berry Show. She is the only character that most viewers watch the show for and the only one who drives the storylines anyone cares about. Not to mention the fact that she dominates virtually every scene she's in and carries most of the musical numbers - particularly the competitions. The first time I heard her chime in to that fantastic Finn/Rachel performance of Don't Stop Believing I literally got goosebumps and I have that same response almost every time she sings - that's what hooked me - along with many others I've talked with. You can wish that the show were about high school, but it's Rachel and Finn. That single song is a microcosm of the entire show... and it summarizes the entire story. All of the other characters, except Finn, are expendable. And that's because the dynamic between these two characters is nothing short of magical. This show is no more about anyone other than Rachel than The Mary Tyler Moore Show was about Ted Baxter. Rachel and Finn are the engines that drive this show and without them... well it'll be the exactly the same as The Doors without Jim Morrison. Nobody else in the cast is capable of carrying the show - and as for finding another pair like this... good luck with getting struck by lightning a second time. It is utter hubris for Ryan Murphy to think that his "brilliant" scripts are what makes this show - it's the personalities and interactions and sheer magnetism of the cast. If you get rid of Rachel and Finn you'll be very lucky if this show lasts beyond episode 13 of season 4. That's not just an observation or an opinion, it's simply reporting the effect of an immutable force of nature!
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