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Lea Michele, Chris Colfer & Cory Monteith Leaving 'Glee'...; After Season Three
Topic Started: Jul 13 2011, 05:59 PM (814 Views)
Nubia
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The Queen

'Glee' Exclusive: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith Not Returning for Season 4

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator Ryan Murphy says the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fall’s upcoming third season.

Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory MonteithGlee regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not be back for the fourth season of the Fox musical hit.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Ryan Murphy said that the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fall’s upcoming third season.

Colfer, Michele and Monteith are “not going to be back at all for Season 4,” Murphy said. “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”

Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that “more characters are leaving than are staying” when graduation time comes at the season’s end.


“We’ve never done anything by the book,” he said, adding that who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere. “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”

Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s decision to graduate the trio -- among others -- has been well-received by the show’s new writers, he said. The group recently returned to work and are writing story lines that include several characters’ parents as the college talk heats up.


“We already made the decision before the new writers came in, but everybody likes where we’re taking it and what we’re writing toward,” Murphy said, noting that while he loved the “relationship roulette” from Season 2, the upcoming run would find everyone’s love lives more stable.

“I’m much more interested in Lea’s character -- not so much on her relationship with Finn, but more on what her dreams are beyond high school and how she plans on getting them,” he added. “That’s what my senior year was about.”


Murphy acknowledged that while he hasn’t discussed graduation plans with Monteith yet, he presumes he’s aware that Finn will be among those graduating. “He knows he was a sophomore when the show started.”

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Kenny
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What?!

Is this for real? No more Rachel Berry?
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Miss Rhi
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"If Sami can't find happiness with a Martian, then she can't find happiness with anyone."

I thought Kurt was younger then some of the others?!?
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am103
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Isn't Rachel like the main character of the show? Not sure how I'm going to feel about Season 4 now...
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Drew
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#bbuk

And the fact that their deals aren't eligible to be renegotiated until after a 3rd season played no part in this I'm sure ;)
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Drew
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#bbuk

(but at any rate ... good riddance)
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~bl~
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Kurt could drive back in the first 13 episodes of season one, when Mercedes busted the windows of his car. So Kurt being a senior makes sense for that reason.

There had been talk of a Glee spinoff and if they went into that direction obviously these characters would be prime candidates.
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Drew
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#bbuk

Like a "Glee: The College Years"?
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KMan101
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I sniff a spin off
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Casey
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KMan101
Jul 13 2011, 07:57 PM
I sniff a spin off
Yeah. Maybe they all attend some sort of performing arts college together?
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Mateo
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Punk Cabaret is Freedom

Not at all surprised by this. Of any of the cast, these were the three that I was pretty sure would be graduating this year.
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I am not surprised about this trio being the ones going. I am sure Mark Salling and Diana Agron will be going as well. Only slightly surprised they didn't deage Kurt to keep him around one more season since they just love him. I do think the theme of life after high school could be an interesting theme. Although I have a feeling that Finn is going to be an after thought in this. The comment that he was more interested in the idea of Rachel's goals and not so much in her relationship with Finn bothers me. I would think you could have ton of story with two people who are clearly going in different directions trying to keep a relationship together.
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lysie
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Finn is supposed to be a year older than Rachel.
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Wow, this is a shocker...Not sure what to think..But I like the idea of them being realistic..
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Rick
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Dreamlander

I want a Kurt/Rachel spin off in NYC!
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Another article mentioned that Colfer and Monteith didn't really know they weren't coming back again.

If it's real time, won't most of the cast be leaving? I thought they put most of them in the same grade when they all went to prom.

I'm curious to see how they balance a farewell to the old characters while developing new ones.
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