It has been two weeks since Glee's creator Ryan Murphy informed Ryan Seacrest that Fox's hit show would be losing characters to "graduation" and the first cast changes for Season 3 are finally rolling in, first reported by TVLine. Characters Blaine and Mike, played by Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. respectively, are going to see a lot more airtime as regular characters while Sam Evans, played by Chord Overstreet, will not be returning as a regular. Sources are apparently not willing to rule out the possibility of guest appearances for Overstreet but as his series regular option has not been picked up, he is definitely out as a recurring character.

Twitter hawks were likely among the first to anticipate the news; Overstreet issued a farewell tweet of sorts shortly before the news hit late Friday evening but did not specifically mention Glee, saying that it was the end to a "good year" and that he would be "starting fresh." Given Murphy's apparent dedication to the themes and realism of the show over keeping characters for the sake of keeping them, this is presumably the first of multiple waves of cast changes for the show's third season. Reactions to the news are already mixed - fresh faces are almost always welcome but they'll be coming at the cost of characters who were a part of Glee's rise to success. Between six new writers and the incoming cast changes, season 3 of Glee is quickly shaping up to be a seminal season in the progress of the hit drama.

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