9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con 2012: 5 Things We Want From 'Glee's' Panel
It's been a hard two months for Glee fans, who were left heartbroken and curious about the fate of some of McKinley High's best and brightest following a Season 3 finale that split Rachel and Finn and left Kurt's future up in the air.
With stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz joining executive producer Brad Falchuk on Glee's Comic-Con stage Saturday night and the writers back at work for more than a month now, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled the top five things we want to see happen.
1. Break it down for us. All 15 regulars from Season 3 will return … in some capacity … for some unknown number of episodes. How will the Fox series tackle stories potentially set in New York (Rachel), Los Angeles (Mercedes), Connecticut (Quinn), Georgia (Finn), Chicago (Mike) and Ohio (everyone else)? Mini-seasons? Split-screen stories? Clue us in on the big show-within-the show hub-bub and Finn's "big secret."
2. An update on who else may or may not return for Season 4. The Glee Project Season 1 winners Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen extended their stay on the Fox series well beyond their six-episode winnings. Playing Rory and Joe, respectively, the underclassmen proved they had what it takes to roam McKinley's halls for another year. Bring 'em back.
3. What happens to Kurt (Chris Colfer)?! Here's what we know: He graduated and didn't get in to NYADA. More than that, we got squat! As one of the series' core characters, the original New Directions member can't be sticking around in Lima for long (sorry, Blaine!). Plus with his blossoming career outside of Glee -- feature Struck By Lightningand a book tour to support The Land of Stories -- a warning about just how many (or few?) episodes he's slated to appear in would be nice.
4. Don't contradict yourself. Producers were not necessarily on the same page last year when EP Falchuk used Comic-Con as a forum to deny what Ryan Murphy told THRonly days prior: that stars Lea Michele, Colfer and Cory Monteith would not be returning for Season 4. Murphy then confirmed the initial report days later with Fox nixing the rumored Glee spinoff for good in January, ensuring the trio's Season 4 return.
5. The rumor mill is already in full swing with names ranging from The Voice -- and upcoming American Horror Story co-star -- Adam Levine and The X Factor's Cheryl Cole potentially popping in during Season 4. Hopefully they announce that at least one of these is true.
Glee's Comic-Con panel is Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Stay tuned to THR's The Live Feed blog for full coverage from San Diego. Hit the comments with what you want to know about next season.