Is the end of the road for Glee stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith? Maybe not quite yet, but there’s reason to believe they may be replaced in a year or two!
Glee creator Ryan Murphy doesn’t want his show to suffer from the 90210 syndrome of featuring stars who are supposed to look high school aged but really look 30 (ahem Andrea Zuckerman).
“Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy explained. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.”
Murphy has reportedly already talked with the executive producers about graduating the original characters to make room for new ones—like a real high school.
The focus has turned immediately to Michele and Monteith, who are 24 and 28 respectively. Even Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes Jones, is 25. Their time is definitely limited!
Murphy continued, “I was concerned about that (whether to have characters graduate and leave the show) because those kids caught on so quickly – but I think one of the things I’m very happy we’ve been able to do this years is we’ve brought in new characters. I think if you can keep regenerating – and I didn’t think we could – I didn’t know if people would want those characters (like Sam) but they do.”
He’s of course referring to Chord Overstreet’s character, which has been a great addition to season, along with Charice and the newest cast member Darren Criss.
But don’t worry, Gleeks! Murphy says the change won’t happen til 2012—so we have another whole year of seeing the original cast members!