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Rachel, Finn, and Kurt to graduate at the end of season 3, and what this means for Glee’s future

July 22, 2011

Rachel Finn KurtGlee fans around the world have likely already heard the news — some of our beloved original cast members will be graduating from McKinley High at the end of season 3, including Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, and Kurt Hummel. Ryan Murphy confirmed the news last week, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “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 also confirmed that other cast members will be graduating, too, but he didn’t say which ones – only saying that “more characters are leaving than staying”.

The news surely comes as a bit of a shock to gleeks — these are three of the show’s biggest stars he’s kicking off, after all! But I do appreciate the idea of staying true to life and graduating students when it’s time for them to graduate. This isn’t the Archie gang — they can’t stay in Riverdale (or Lima) forever.

The question remains, however, how this major shakeup (which is only going to get more major when Murphy announces further cast members’ departures) will affect the show itself. To make such a significant casting change to a series can obviously hurt a show’s ratings, but sometimes, in some rare cases, the exact opposite happens. E! Online has posted a really great look at five TV shows that overhauled their casts…and how they fared. From The Facts of Life to Saturday Night Live to American Idol, there are some great examples here of shows that pulled off a major cast change, and others that should’ve quit when they were ahead. Another example is the popular teen show Skins in the U.K. who ushers in an entirely new cast every two years. Some groups of teens are liked by fans more than others, but the show’s still managed to air five seasons and still be going strong, so they’ve obviously found a way to make this model work.

So, what do you think, gleeks? Will you still be watching Glee after Rachel, Finn, Kurt and some of our other favourite characters depart? Do you think other fans will still keep watching? I know that I won’t quit on the show that easily, but the original cast will always hold a special spot in my heart! Let me know your thoughts on the graduating cast members in the comments. Who else do you think will be leaving at the end of this year?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011 3:31 pm

    As long as Wemma and Sue are still around, I will be watching. I watch for them anyways.

  2. July 24, 2011 11:38 am

    if sue stays I will still watch!


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