Supporters of both Overstreet and his trouty-pouted character, Sam Evans, immediately took to Twitter to voice their frustrations, ultimately launching #DontCutTheChord, an organized movement to keep the McKinley High junior around this season.
As of Monday morning, two separate campaigns were afoot to show the Glee bosses that these Chord-cutting objectees mean business: The first encourages fans to buy Overstreet’s rendition of “Billionaire” on iTunes, which over the holiday weekend shot up from #64 to #5 on the series’ iTunes charts. The second effort is a simple Twitition, which thus far has collected nearly 11,000 signatures.
Though it doesn’t seem to be much consolation to fans, TVLine reported that Overstreet could still appear as an occasional Glee guest star.
First the good: Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) have officially been upgraded to full-time series regulars, effective this fall with the start of Season 3.
And now for the not so good news…
Chord Overstreet‘s series regular option has not been picked up. However, a source close to the show says the actor — who joined the Fox hit last fall in the recurring role of McKinley transfer student Sam Evans — could return as an occasional guest star.
Late Friday, Overstreet issued a cryptic tweet saying, “It’s been a good year. Too bad it’s over. Time for summer and starting fresh.”
Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy used to worry about how fans would react to the introduction of new characters to the show’s merry band of musical high-school outcasts. But as he plans Season 3 of Fox’s smash hit — including a long-envisioned “endgame,” a graduation strategy for New Directions’ senior classmen, and a fresh crop of young talent (including one warbler from his new Oxygen reality series The Glee Project) — Murphy says he’s put those worries behind him. ”It’s all about the stories and characters,” says Murphy. “It’s our job to find new [stars] that people will love, but I never feel like we’re replacing anybody. The [core] characters are irreplaceable.” With that philosophy in mind, here’s what Murphy says you can expect from Season 3:
Character Will Trump Razzle-Dazzle and Bold-Faced Guest Stars | “Season 2 was definitely about bigger, better, flashier,” says Murphy. “And I loved so much about Season 2. I loved the Gwyneth story. I loved the bullying story. Chris Colfer and Darren Criss did an amazing job, as did Max Adler. But Season 3 we decided is going to be character, character, character.” How will that manifest itself? For starters, there’ll be only one musical tribute episode — though it’ll be a biggie. “It’s one I’ve been working on for two years — it took forever to clear — with a really big artist,” Murphy teases. Oh, and don’t expect a parade of Oscar winners, pop divas, and Broadway vets to populate the McKinley High hallways. “We’re not going to have any guest stars,” says Murphy. “And we’re going to do fewer songs.”
New Directions’ Unsung Heroes Are About to Start Singing | “We’re writing stuff this year for [characters] who haven’t had those big stories,” says the exec producer. “We have an amazing Mercedes story. We have a great Mike and Tina story. They’re fascinating. I love them as performers and it’s time they get their due. Also, Matt Morrison last year didn’t really have the big, huge arc he had in Season 1, but he will in the upcoming season.”
A Change Is Gonna Come for Sue Sylvester — Personally and Professionally | “We have an amazing 20-episode arc for Jane Lynch that’s quite fantastic,” says Murphy, and it will partly focus on her character’s campaign for Congress. “We’ve decided it’s a little tired for Sue to be constantly trying to destroy the glee club. We did that, and we did that well. But now it’s time for Sue to stop picking on the glee club and time for her to start picking on the country,” Murphy says with a laugh. What’s more, Our Lady of Track Suits will also be involved in some romantic intrigue. “One thing I’m looking for is someone for Sue Sylvester to love. Who is that person — man or woman? Who is man enough to love Sue Sylvester? That’s an interesting idea,” Murphy adds. “Jane did that Rod Remington romantic arc so well, so it’s something I’ve always wanted to find for her. How would Sue date? I’m interested in that.”
Blaine, Sam, and Lauren Are in Limbo…Till at Least Next Week Anyway | Murphy says no decision has been made regarding the status for Darren Criss (Blaine), Chord Overstreet (Sam), or Ashley Fink (Lauren). “We’ve just started to write [the new season], so I don’t know who we’re bringing back or who we’re letting go. We’ll be deciding that in the next week or so,” says Murphy. “I don’t think of it as coming down to the wire, I just look at it as, ‘Okay, what are the stories?’ That’s what it’s about for me next season.”
Murphy Has Been Planning the Season 3 Endgame for Three Years Now | “We now have a writing staff of nine people, and they’re all great, heavy hitters,” boasts Murphy. As a result, he and co-creator Brad Falchuk have decided to point the show toward the exact endgame Murphy envisioned when he first pitched Glee more than three years ago. To that end…
Don’t Look for the McKinley Class of 2012 to Roam the School’s Hallways Come Sept. 2012, Unless… | Murphy says he was shocked that his recent interview with Ryan Seacrest — during which he reiterated his plans to have McKinley’s seniors get their caps and gowns by season’s end – got such widespread pickup, seeing how he’s made his plan public for the last year. “The show to me is about the way you express yourself as you start to move out into the world as a fresh, young person. Do we really want to have an eight-year senior?” he asks. “The only way somebody could stay on the show is if they flunk, and that is always a possibility. I think Brittany is pulling straight Fs.” Asked if he might change course and brainstorm some last-minute plot twists that would allow, for example, Puck to score a gig as an assistant football coach at McKinley, Murphy offers a firm “No.”
Then Again, Don’t Assume Some of Your Favorite New Directions Members Won’t Resurface in a Spinoff Series | Presented with the concept of Rachel and Kurt and a few of their pals spearheading a new hour on Fox about a group of young artists who head to New York City to pursue their musical theater dreams, Murphy doesn’t immediately shoot it down. “It’s an interesting idea,” he says. “The questions are ‘How would we do it? And when would we do it?’ It would have to be something I would talk about to Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly and Dana Walden and Gary Newman. What we’re trying to do now — maybe those discussions will happen around December — we’re just now trying to do the first 10 episodes.” Not that Murphy’s brain hasn’t dabbled with a flash-forward to Rachel’s future. “I keep saying that with the new Funny Girl revival, they should just say it’s Rachel Berry in Funny Girl — get Lea to do that, but as Rachel Berry. It would be a crowd-pleaser.”
Recurring player Josh Sussman pretty much confirmed what we suspected, that McKinley High gossip king Jacob Ben Israel was forced into a particularly low profile this season as the result of rubbing people the wrong way with his orgasmic writhing during last fall’s “Toxic” performance. “People found that episode very offensive [so] I guess they wanted to give the audience a break from me,” Sussman surmises. “But then I was so happy when I got the phone call and I got to come back [for an April episode]. It was such a relief, like, ‘OK, they’re giving me another chance.’” Sussman’s hope is that as with semi-reformed bully Karofsky, Glee now takes a moment “to redeem Jacob and show a side of him that’s less hateful” – and perhaps even carrying a song in his heart. “I’d love to serenade Rachel,” Sussman suggests.
Glee Choreographer Zach Woodlee Dishes on Cast Injuries
"I have a bruise wall," Zach Woodlee, "Glee" choreographer, tells us from a "Glee Live" tour stop in New Jersey. "It’s where we showcase everyone’s injuries." Woodlee, who is also working with Oxygen’s "The Glee Project" to find and train a new star for the show, gleefully shared shared with us some of his favorite cast injuries.
Amber Riley’s Wheelchair Accident “In Wheels, my favorite injury was Amber. We had to go through multiple sets because of the ramps we used and on some of them you gain so much speed going down that the wheel becomes like flames on your skin. When you’re in the chair you forget you can stand, and so Amber is going down a ramp and the wheel hits the lip, and it’s like slow motion panic on her face where she realizes ‘Yes, this is going to happen’ and then she falls into the crevice.”
Lea Michele Takes A Tumble “Lea banged the back of her head really bad in a wheelchair too. Some of the chairs have stoppers on them so you can pop a wheelie like Kevin does. Lea assumed hers had one and she goes “look at me” and tried to pop a wheelie, but instead she flipped backwards and landed in a snow angel position.”
Dianna Agron’s Mistake Requires A Costume Change “For one scene, Dianna was trying to run through an aisle where we’d removed some of the chair to make it bigger, and of course the one screw sticking up found Dianna’s foot and she goes tumbling like 3 or 4 feet and rips up the front of her knee. We had to put her in long dresses for a bit.”
Chris Colfer’s Roller Skating Injury Made Scenes Difficult “Cutting a dance scene is a rarity. The writers are usually very specific and know in advance what they want. [One specific scene that was cut after choreography and filming was a number in the first season featuring Chris Colfer and the Cheerios]. That number was hilarious, I can’t remember too many specifics because it feels like 10 year ago. I do remember there were a lot of megaphones in the number and we had issues with them. Chris had hurt himself because we’d just filmed a roller skating scene. That’s Ryan for you, he suddenly tells you everyone needs to be on roller skates and I’m like ‘But some of them can’t skate!’ Plus I’m trying to keep them safe and get them to nationals. But Chris had injured his wrist and we had to cheat around that in the scene.”
Recently, series creator Ryan Murphy freaked out “Glee” fans by revealing that the student characters on the show will graduate in 2012 and new student stars will arrive. Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will remain as “the male and female lynchpins of the series,” Murphy told Ryan Seacrest.
Does that mean Colfer and costars will be off the show? Or will there be a spin-off series?
"I don’t know what I can say on camera with a straight face and what I can’t!" Colfer replies nervously when I ask him for the dish. "I would just tell the fans: Don’t be worried. That’s all I’m gonna say because a lot of fans are worried that the characters are going to graduate and leave the show, but that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t fret."
Question: Any Season 3 Glee scoop on Brittany-Santana? Will their “love story” continue, or should we interpret the events of the finale to mean they’ll go back to being friends with benefits? — Claire Ausiello: “I don’t know what we’re doing with that,” series creator Ryan Murphy admits. “The thing we’re not going to do is something I would feel is disingenuous — Santana being like, ‘Oh, I’m going to try sleeping with boys again.’ No, Santana is now officially a lesbian and will be dealing with that as Kurt did [his own sexuality].” Well, maybe not exactly as Kurt did: She may get some action sooner than later. “Brittany with a coupla wine coolers in her is good to go, so never say never,” Murphy teases. “But we haven’t really [worked out] that story. All I can say is we will be true to Santana’s sexual orientation.” Speaking of Kurt (not) getting some action…
Question: I have a hunch the storyline Chris Colfer is campaigning for on Gleerevolves around Kurt losing his virginity to Blaine. Am I right? If so, what do I win?! —Jessica Ausiello: You win a big pile of bupkis because I think you’re wrong. When I pressed Colfer for more deets about his dream plot, he added, “It’s something that happens in high school every day that Glee has not covered yet.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure Glee has gone to the virgin well a few times already.
There’s no dodging the issue — all of the Glee characters who were juniors this past season will graduate from McKinley High in May 2012, with their portrayers (presumably) leaving the show.
Speaking on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Friday morning, Glee creator Ryan Murphy held firm to his previously revealed transition plan, saying that for original characters such as Rachel, Finn, Quinn and Puck, “This next [season] will be their senior year, and then that [they] will graduate.”
“We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years,” he explained. “We really wanted to be true to that experience.”
To proactively fill the void (Murphy said he’s loath to use the words “eliminating or replacing”), brand-new, younger characters will be woven into McKinley’s ranks over the coming season — a few in the fall, and a couple more at midseason. Only one of the newbies, however, will be the product of the Glee Project reality show now airing on Oxygen.
“There’s a couple rumors floating around, that half the cast is go to be replaced by the winner of The Glee Project, which is not true,” Murphy told Seacrest. Rather, only the singular winner of that reality competition will join Glee, for at least seven episodes.
Murphy notes that while his original young cast will leave “sort of an indelible mark,” he is looking forward to the challenge of introducing America to a new wave of relatively unknown talents poised to generate fresh buzz (and, who knows, maybe land in a controversial Rolling Stone layout). Besides, not everyone is leaving; Murphy envisions Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch as “the male and female lynchpins of the series” even as young’uns come and go.
But, he says, Glee “is a celebration of youth and talent and … 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.”
In the midst of its summer concert tour, Glee has added six to its writing staff for Season 3.
Allison Adler, Marti Noxon, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Hitchcock, Matt Hodgson and Ross Maxwell will join Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan in the writers’ room beginning Monday when work starts on Season 3.
Despite its ratings success and the intricacies involved in melding musical numbers into the show’s narrative, Glee has maintained a remarkably small writing staff. Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan have formed the core creative group, eschewing a traditional writers’ room.
The plan originally was for Glee to introduce additional writers midway through the recently completed second season, but with a production-heavy schedule involving music supervision and choreography as well as planning the summer concert tour, Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan wound up writing all 22 episodes, with Murphy and Falchuk also directing several installments.
Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter in May that Season 3 will focus on new freshman characters and that he planned to include more serialized stories.
“Last year you had the baby story line that everyone could follow and this year we didn’t do that,” he told THR. “Next year we’re going to be doing that more. What I have learned from this season is I think people want story arcs.”
Adler, whose credits include Chuck and No Ordinary Family, will serve as a co-executive producer.
Noxon, who first cut her teeth on Joss Whedon’s Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and whose credits include Mad Men and Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, will be a consulting producer. Hitchcock, a former MADtv writer and actor whose credits include two episodes of Glee as well as several Christopher Guest features and 11 episodes on the final season of United States of Tara, also will be a consulting producer.
Aguirre-Sacasa, a comic book writer and playwright whose credits include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and HBO’s Big Love, will be a co-producer.
Hodgson, a Glee script coordinator who worked with Murphy on the Julia Roberts feature Eat, Pray, Love, will be a staff writer, as will Running in Traffic actor Maxwell.
One of our biggest projects here at Snapshot Search is our ‘Celebrity Snapshot Search’ project ( http://snapshotsearch.net/celebssinfo.php ). Maia Krall Fry, Terrell Ransom Jr, Mick Hazen, Michael Park, and Daniel Manche have each done this project with us. The project simply involves a Celebrity taking a picture of themselves holding a poster of one of the missing children we have covered and allowing that picture to be posted online and we would like for the picture to be shared on their official websites/twitters/tumblrs/facebooks if possible.
We really want to get this project back into gear and we have realized that many people on Tumblr have been able to meet actors from Glee recently due to the tour they are on. So Snapshot Search is sending out a mass call for help. We are asking anyone heading to a concert who thinks that they have a chance of meeting one of the Glee actors to please print out at least one of the missing posters from Snapshot Search and take them with you. If you get the chance, it would be wonderful if you were able to politely ask the actor/actors you meet to take a picture with the poster.
We believe that the attention Glee actors could bring to these cases could really help to bring these children home! For those willing to help, these are the links to the posters: