For a few regulars, their time remaining on the hit TV show “Glee” is limited.
Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer are all set to “graduate” from the fictional William McKinley High School, home of the the New Directions glee club, at the end of next season. Series Co-creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the show won’t follow the characters to college.
The actors were included in the decision, the Hollywood Reporter noted. “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea,” Murphy said. “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.
“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.
But Gleeks have no need to fear: A spin-off is in the works. RumorFix.com reported that Michelle and Colfer, as Rachel and Kurt respectively, would be getting their own show after graduation.
Reportedly the two will live in New York City and the Rachel character — a Barbara Streisand fan — will be starring in “Funny Girl.” (Mila Kunis insists she will keep date with Marine)
Cory Monteith’s future plans are still unknown.
“Glee” fans will find out during the Sept. 20 season-three premiere who is staying and who is “graduating.” And they can expect new characters to be singing their hearts out next fall.