Can Glee Survive After Graduation?

June 20, 2011 By:
Can Glee Survive After Graduation?

It was inevitable. The cast of Glee will be tossing their caps in the air during the third season. Show creator Ryan Murphy confirms that the Glee cast will indeed graduate at the end of season three. And not only will the characters graduate, but the real-life actors may as well.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Seacrest asked Murphy if he would be adding an entirely new Glee cast:

“That is true,” Murphy revealed. “I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark.”

Murphy continued: "The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”

So the question is, how can the show continue past graduation? The original Beverly Hills 90210 made it work for several seasons, garnering almost as many viewers as when the cast was in high school.

After the characters graduated from West Beverly High, Shannen Doherty left the show and was replaced by Tiffany Amber Thiessen. Of course, unlike Glee, 90210 kept most of their original cast, although slowly, they began to trickle out.

But mostly, 90210 seemed to make viewers interested post-graduation through compelling storylines. There was Thiessen’s bad-girl persona that kept people watching, along with Dylan’s run-in with the mob.

Yes, the mob. A member of the mob was after Dylan’s father throughout one season, and out of retaliation, Dylan—played by Luke Perry—began dating the mob boss’ daughter. In an attempt to kill Dylan, the boss accidentally kills his own daughter.

And you thought high school drama was petty.

Chances are, with good producing and at least a couple of stable characters, Glee will keep all of its viewers. It didn’t take viewers long to get attached to Lea Michelle and Cory Monteith, so I’m sure the new cast will sing their way into viewers’ hearts.