Comic-Con 2011: 'Glee' Trio 'Are Not Done With the Show After This Season,' EP Says
Showrunners tell panel audience that Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith aren’t going anywhere and dispel rumors of a potential New York-themed spinoff.
Fox’s musical hit Glee packed Hall H on Sunday, with fans lining up starting late Saturday for seats in the huge ballroom that typically is reserved for film studio fare. Here are 10 highlights from the Comic-Con panel.
1. Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer are all seniors. Despite what co-creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter about the fate of the trio during a prior interview, co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said: “They are not done with the show after this season."
“Because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t just say, ‘We’re going to let you go.’ ” Falchuk noted that there are a number of Glee kids, with some seniors and some juniors – like Jenna Ushkowitz – and a “number of original people are not graduating.”
“It was never our plan, it was never our intention to let them go,” Falchuk said. “They are not done with the show after this season.”
2. There won’t be a spinoff – at least right now. Said Brennan: “[Fox topper] Peter Rice allowed us to explore a spinoff with those characters as a possibility,” he said of a possible New York-themed series revolving around Kurt, Blaine, Rachel and Finn.
Said Falchuk: “We’re leaning against doing it,” he said. “We certainly have explored it. But I think we’re going to pass.”
“That was something we were planting as a possibility, but we didn’t get much further than that,” he said, noting that the seeds were planted during the Season 2 finale when the cast went to New York.
3. Attendees were given Real D 3D glasses to screen the trailer, which could be described as the Heather Morris show. The actress, who plays ditzy Cheerio Brittany, brings her best one-liners, including a zinger about her boobs being in 3D. The clip opens as a tribute to the fans, depicting a group playing a Glee board game and discussing how the hit series has changed their lives. Morris also performs Britney Spears’ “Slave for You” in a very dance heavy routine. It’s definitely a tribute to the versatile actress. Darren Criss plays heavy as well with the Warblers discussing how they’ve lost out on solos to the former Harry Potter the Musical viral star as well as very young fan singing and dancing along to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” later cutting to concert footage with the Warblers and the fan dancing in the aisle. Overall, it’s a total “Aww” clip. Glee 3D opens Aug. 12. Kevin Tancharoen, who directed the film, later teased that the feature will discuss “how the show has given them confidence and a chance to express themselves.”
4. Falchuk, Brennan, Ushkowitz and Shum are all big fans of the Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Morris) pairing. “Santittany is so much funnier,” co-creator/EP Ian Brennan joked of the couples’ shipper name. The exec producers also noted that they discovered at the same time as the rest of the country what big talents they had in both actresses.
“We started getting into that story line almost as a goof at first,” Falchuk said. “As we started taking some time with it, we realized that there was a group of people we weren’t representative of … this lesbian and bisexual community. … We’re fortunate the network wasn’t resistant of it and let us try it out and it became something much deeper.” Added Brennan: “America watched us realize that we had two incredible talents on our hands that we didn’t realize.”
5. Mercedes (Amber Riley) has a new boyfriend this season and it’s not Chord Overstreet’s Sam. Criss and Colfer’s Blaine and Kurt are on solid ground. Falchuk noted that with two stars in a relationship together, there would be some competition to come.
6. Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones’ Coach Beiste will return in Season 3. “The reaction to Coach Beiste has been overwhelming. … Fans for The Beiste are awesome,” Jones said. As for The Beiste finding love, Falchuk said: “We’ve thought about it but haven’t come up with anything yet.”
7. Season 3 will be split into two semesters: fall and spring.
8. The Glee Project’s Zach Woodlee noted that he loves who won and believes everyone will be happy with the result.
9. Criss wouldn’t confirm that he’s heading to Broadway to succeed Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying. But even if he did go, it would be a quick gig and he’d be back in “two seconds.” “I’d blink and I’d be right back to work,” Criss said.
10. Sue is going bigger and bolder with her efforts to rid McKinley High of its glee club. “She’s trying to take it to a more national level,” Falchuk said of the story line featuring Jane Lynch’s Coach Sylvester, who’s running for Congress. “Sue is running on a no arts platform.”
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