Last season, Glee fell victim of a sophomore slump. And not helping matters was co-creator Ryan Murphy and the comments he made regarding the future of stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith who are set to graduate at the end of season three.
Regarding the lackluster second season, Murphy went on to say, “Last year was a new thing for me. I’d run television shows before, but I’d never run a business before. It was a weird thing.” Now the focus is “on making this the best year we’ve ever done. And in fact, we think that’s exactly what we’re going to have. Part of the reason for that is we’ve figured out the best way to shoot the show, and a way to do it more economically for Fox.”
For the season three opener (airing on Sept. 20th), one of the four finalists of The Glee Project, Lindsay Pearce, will have a major arc as the leader of a rival singing group to the New Directions. She, of course, will play the foil to Michele’s character Rachel. Her first big musical number will be “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun.
The Glee Project‘s two winners, Damian McGinty and Sam Larsen, will have story arcs later in the fall. We told you back in August that Damian would be playing a foreign exchange student who is romantically linked to Brittany (Heather Morris), who believes him to be a “leprechaun with magical powers.” As for Sam, he’ll appear this season around the tenth or eleventh episode. His character is not yet known.
Regarding Michele, Colfer, and Monteith’s characters after graduating from high school, their futures are up in the air. While I’m of the opinion of letting them live their own lives outside the confines of the choir room, and turn the attention to members of the group that don’t get much visibility (like when will the musicians get their own story line?), Murphy says some suggestions for the three include them becoming teachers (bad idea) or becoming college students.
As for a spinoff (discussions were botched last spring), the producers will revisit the idea and approach the 20th Century Fox brass this coming spring.
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