Ryan Murphy Says Third Season of GLEE Will Have Characters Graduate High School

     June 20, 2011

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For most of us, high school doesn’t last forever. But sometimes in the television world, it seems like characters can be stuck in the same time period for far too long. However, in the case of Glee, series creator Ryan Murphy says he fully intends to keep characters moving with time and that the third season will see certain characters who will be seniors at McKinley High School graduating, and therefore likely leaving the show. Murphy recently confirmed plans to have certain characters leave high school, and that new cast members will enter the mix. See what Murphy had to say after the jump.
In an interview from On Air with Ryan Seacrest (via EW) Murphy reiterated his plan to have the characters move on:

“The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline. We’ve got Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch who will stay and be the male and female lynchpins of the series, but I think the fun thing about the show is it’s a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series.”

And so, with characters leaving the show, it makes sense that the reality competition series The Glee Project on Oxygen would need to find new talent to join New Directions. Next season will see some new talent show up in the same manner as the new faces that cropped up in this past season. Murphy recalls, “This year we introduced two new people to success, Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss and those guys have done pretty well. So, I think every year, which will be fun about the show is a new class comes in and this year I think we’re probably going to have a couple people who come in now and again in January.” The question is whether or not fans will stick around after their favorite Glee club members have graduated, and how many different cheesy graduation songs will the series end up using?

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