The more things change, the more they stay the same. I would have considered it a very bold move on the part of Glee if the cast had been stripped down to the remaining high schoolers and those graduates who set off to parts known or unknown were dropped down to recurring characters of even the occasional guest-starring role. After all, despite how reality goes, with people leaving high school and often moving away, or at the very least, growing apart, most TV series will try to keep their core cast intact beyond high school. Glee is apparently no different.
Deadline is reporting that Ryan Murphy invited all 15 regulars to return for the musical dramedy series' fourth season and "virtually all" of them are expected be back next fall. This includes Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, two of the leads who were also among the seniors to receive their diploma in Season 3. In addition to Finn and Rachel, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr and Heather Morris are also expected to return. What's more, it looks like Chord Overstreet may be making a full comeback at the show. Deadline reports that he's in talks to return next season as a series regular.
Given the size of the cast and likelihood of additional characters being worked into the story next season, we may not see as much of all of the regulars as we used to. It sounds like that's going to vary, with Finn and Rachel likely being featured most prominently. I'm sure many, if not most fans of the series will consider this good news, but in the interest of keeping the series fresh, I wouldn't have complained if Ryan Murphy had decided to treat the series as if it really were high school, and written off (or at the very least, significantly written down) those characters who graduated last season so that the attention could stay on high school (or so they don't need to find ways to keep the graduated characters lingering around high school). It would have been a House-like move for Glee, and even considered kind of a tame one by comparison to what's happening with Murphy's FX drama American Horror Story for its upcoming second season (partially-new cast, all new characters, new setting, etc), but then again, Glee has a formula that works. I guess there's no sense in rocking the boat.
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