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Glee has been in the pop culture realm for long enough that many people who don’t watch still know a few select facts about the series, including the fact that Sue (Jane Lynch) is mean-spirited, Brittany and Santana were secretly seeing each other for several seasons, and teachers Will and Emma finally were married at the end of last season. It looks like marriage may actually spell the end for Emma, as the actress who portrays her is headed to another series over at CBS. Actress Jayma Mays has signed on to The Millers in a series regular capacity.
With a fall premiere date set in stone, you would think the comedy would be fully cast at this point, but it is actually undergoing a few changes post-pilot. Last month, we reported that both Michael Rapaport and Mary Elizabeth Ellis were exiting the series after having played a husband and wife duo in the pilot. At the time, their roles were expected to be recast, and according to TV Line, Mays will take over for Ellis. The show is still looking for a replacement for Rapaport.
The Millers will star Arrested Development and Up All Night actor Will Arnett as a recently divorced news reporter named Nathan who finds his family upended after his breaks the news of his marital failure to his parents. Seeing Nathan’s newfound freedom, his father also opts to end his marriage. In the aftermath, Nathan’s mom moves in while his Dad moves in with his sister Debbie and her family. Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale are signed on as Nathan’s parents, while Mays is now signed on to play Debbie in the series.
CBS has already put together a trailer for Greg Garcia’s latest series, and since Ellis is extremely prominent throughout, you’ll have to just envision her with Mays’ face while you check out the new comedy.
What Mays’ casting doesn’t explain is where that will leave her Glee character, who dropped down to recurring during Season 4 of Fox’s musical dramedy. Glee is really quite good about allowing past characters to pop up from time to time, so even if Emma is mostly gone from the show, I’m not so certain she’ll be cut from the series entirely. We’ll keep you posted, however, if we hear any absolute news on this. Just remember, Mays isn’t gone from the TV realm, she’s just switching networks and we can’t wait to see what she brings to her new character when The Millers begins airing on CBS on Thursday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET.