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Following his executive session at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Reilly again confirmed that season six will be Glee‘s final season and will shift to New York when the Fox musical returns from its hiatus Feb. 25.
“We do have it through next season, and that will be its final season,” Reilly said, noting that showrunner Ryan Murphy has pitched an arc through the end of season six. “He’s got some fantastic ideas on what we’re going to do next year for the final year.”
As for what the remainder of season five will feature, Reilly confirmed that the series will go “exclusively” to New York for the second half of the year while some students at the Ohio-set McKinley High will graduate this season.
“Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” he said, declining to provide specific details on which characters will be making the move. “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 castmembers will move on and a few others will go to New York.”
Among those who likely will make the move are Jane Lynch‘s Sue Sylvester, with the executive noting that the teachers — including Matthew Morrison‘s Will Schuester — will fit in the same way on the series. “As long as there’s a show, there’s Jane,” he said. “We’re not going to be in Ohio anymore the rest of this season.”
Also unclear is what will happen to the underclassmen of New Directions, including series regulars Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner) and Unique (Alex Newell).
The news comes as producers continue to reshape Glee following the death of leading man Cory Monteith, whose Finn Hudson was poised to wind up romantically paired with Lea Michele‘s aspiring Broadway star Rachel Berry.
Glee will expand its 100th episode — featuring several returning favorites as well as Gwyneth Paltrow — to two hours, set to air March 18 and 25.
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