Fox has confirmed that the remainder of Glee will take place only in New York City.
The announcement was made Monday when The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Fox entertainment head Kevin Reilly after his Television Critics Association panel.
Reilly told THR in a one-on-one interview that the show will go “exclusively” to New York City, and several people at McKinley (in Ohio) will graduate. Not all will be moving to the Big Apple.
“Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” he said. “There will be some that will graduate and move on and they’ll arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it. The way it’s going to dovetail next season, we’ll see some familiar faces coming around in some capacity. But for this season, there will be a graduation, several of the cast members will move on and a few others will go to New York.”
Reilly would not say which characters are graduating and moving to New York City, but the article suggests Sue Sylvester and Mr. Schuester will remain in the picture. The future of recent McKinley newcomers like Jake, Marley, Ryder, and Unique is unclear.
Finally, Reilly reiterated that Glee season 6 will be the show’s last. “[Ryan Murphy has] got some fantastic ideas on what we’re going to do next year for the final year.”
This sudden move to New York City will only make gleeks raise more questions about the future of the show. We’ll have to wait and see what new interviews, synopses, and set reports say before any more light can be shed on the situation.
Glee returns next month on its original day and time: Tuesday, February 25 at 8 p.m. eastern/pacific.ox
Glee may soon be taking a bigger bite out of the Big Apple.
Fox’s groundbreaking musical — which for the past year-plus has been splitting its focus between New York and Lima, Ohio — may shift the action entirely to the City That Never Sleeps as early as this season, sources confirm to TVLine exclusively.
It’s one of several ideas Fox is discussing with Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who have been forced to reexamine all aspects of the show in the wake of Cory Monteith’s tragic death in July.
In an interview earlier this month, Murphy acknowledged that navigating the post-Finn era has been “f—ing hard,” adding, “It’s hard every day. It’s hard in the writers room, it’s hard on the set.”
At a Paley Center event honoring FX Networks Wednesday night, Murphy confirmed that Season 6 will be Glee‘s last. He also revealed that Cory Monteith’s death has forced him to devise a completely different endgame.
“The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story,” he told reporters. “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.
“I have a good idea,” Murphy added. “I’m going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love.” (Reporting by Scott Huver)
The pickup ensures that the musical-comedy will be around through Season 6.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Fox president Kevin Reilly credited exec producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto “and the entire Glee team” for delivering “a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show… I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.”