Glee producers reverse course on cast defections: "They're not done with the show"
"Glee's" Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be leaving the hit series at the end of this upcoming season, contrary to earlier reports.
Series co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told the audience at a recent Comic-con appearance that the three characters would be graduating high-school but it was never the plan to let them go from the show.
Falchuk's comments contradicted recent remarks by fellow co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy who said season three would be the last for Michele, Colfer and Monteith.
"Here's the exact thing," Falchuk said at the "Glee" panel during the annual pop culture convention in San Diego. "They're seniors. They're graduating. But that doesn't mean they're leaving the show. It was never our intention or plan to let these people go... They are not done with the show after this season.
Later on during the panel, Falchuk said the creators of the series had discussed the possibility of a spin-off show, depicting the three graduates in New York, trying to start careers on Broadway. Falchuk said that scenario is unlikely and he is "leaning against doing it."
During the panel, Falchuk also talked about the departure of recurring guest star Chord Overstreet, who reportedly turned down a deal to return for 10 episodes with a possibility to become a regular at mid-season. Falchuk said the producers wanted Overstreet back and they had some good stories in the works. However, Falchuk said the actor decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue.
During the panel, show's reps and actors also talked about the upcoming film, "Glee 3D: The Concert Movie," and hinted at some story-lines from the upcoming season (Mercedes met an encouraging, supportive boyfriend over the summer, who we'll see this season).