For a show that is typically all about acceptance and joy, “Glee” is getting a little bit nasty behind the scenes. In response to what has been a revolving door of rumors the past several weeks when it comes to some of the stars’ future on the hit Fox show, co-creator Ryan Murphy has given an extensive new interview with Deadline, one where he attempts to clarify pretty much the entire situation that has unfolded with the talk that stars were “fired” from the show, or that they were blindsided by the news that their characters were going to graduate.
Back in March, Murphy claims that he and fellow executive producer Brad Falchuk began talking with Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith about doing a spin-off series set in New York, and the season finale was supposed to be a way to start to introduce these characters to that setting. Everyone was told to keep things under wraps for the time being, but then came the “explosive” news from Murphy in an interview this summer that these actors were graduating.
This is where the story gets interesting. Since the actors had to say something in response to this news — and since they could not talk about the spin-off series, many of them chose to act surprised for some reason. (Chris Colfer claimed he found out about it “on Twitter.”) As a result of this, the media blew this story up to ridiculous proportions, Falchuk was forced to do a bit of damage control at Comic-Con in saying that there were always plans for all of these actors after season three.
Now we know the full story — these plans were for them to do a spin-off, but due to all of the media controversy that plan is now on hold. Murphy says that he is now focusing his efforts solely on delivering a strong season three, and that he will re-approach the subject come this spring to gauge the interest of both the cast and the network.
Do you want to see a spin-off series happen in some capacity?