Ryan discussed the possibility of replacing the cast back in December, but it appears he’s keeping true to his word. “I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing,” he told Ryan. “Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark. 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.”
He’s currently seeking new stars for the show through his reality show, The Glee Project, where the winner wins a 7-episode arc on the show (and presumably, will stick around once the present cast graduates).
Of course, though, not everyone needs to be replaced. Says Murphy, “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.”
Honestly, this might be the best thing to happen to this extremely talented cast. Instead of being forced to stay on the show and spout corny or inane dialogue for several more seasons — well past the point they no longer look anything like teenagers — they can go embark on bigger and better projects. (Plus, they can pose as barely clothed high schoolers in all the sensual photo shoots they desire without getting tsk-tsked by parents! Everyone wins!) And with a new lineup and some fresh perspective in the writer’s room, this show could possibly revitalize itself years after its debut.
As for Lea Michele, now’s about time for her to campaign for a Funny Girl revival on Broadway in 2013.
[Via Ryan Seacrest]