As Glee received 19 Emmy nominations this morning, creator Ryan Murphy had some bad news for Gleeks: Three of its most beloved members--Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), and Chris Colfer (Kurt)--will graduate after next season. Murphy claims he's letting the characters grow up in real time. "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Slews of shows have kept their characters kicking it as seniors in high school for far too many seasons (90210, Boy Meets World, Dawson's Creek), and they did just fine. And if we're going to keep things real, Michele (24) and Monteith (29) would be super-duper seniors if they were still in high school. So why is Glee's top talent really leaving? A couple ideas, based on what those involved have told the media:
- To give other mega-talented underdogs a chance
As fans of The Glee Project know, other diva misfits would make great additions to Glee. Part of the show's appeal to fans and creators alike was the undiscovered star aspect of its characters, as Murphy explains to The Hollywood Reporter, "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."
- Pushed out?