With some characters on Fox’s high-school based musical dramedy Glee set to graduate at the end of the season, many hoped the rumors buzzing around about a possible New York based spin-off might be true. From that sound of it, that’s not to be the case and there will be no Glee spin-off for Rachel and Kurt.
TV Line posted the update, which came from an announcement made by Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly today at the TCA Press Tour.
“Here’s whats going on with Glee,” Reilly told the press at the Television Critics Association winter tour on Sunday. “We are graduating the characters that are [due] to graduate, and what’s come out of it is [series boss] Ryan [Murphy] and the guys have come up with a really cool idea.
From what TV Line reports, it sounds like Reilly was very firm in saying, “There will not be a Glee spinoff," but it also sounds like they have something very different in mind, as Reilly went on to say, “...those characters will graduate and it’s led to a very interesting idea that I think is going to really give us something cool to dig into next season.” The site goes on to confirm that Lea Michele (Rachel) will be back next fall.
Beyond that, no details were mentioned, but it sounds like they have a specific plan in mind that might not be ready to be discussed, or else would give too much away about whatever’s ahead for the duration of Season 3.
With all the talk about Rachel and Kurt headed off to New York next year, a spin-off seemed like a good possibility. If Lea Michele is set to return next year, does that mean Rachel won’t be going to New York? Or will the show be following her there, split between the Glee club and Rachel’s attempts to hit the big time in New York? Kind of hard to picture that, but it would fit the “cool” and “different” adjectives TV Line quotes Reilly with.