Glee Studs To Be Put Out To Pasture In 2012

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It looks like the days on the small screen are numbered for the Glee heartthrobs. Show creator Ryan Murphy says he is taking the gutsy move of writing out some of the students played by older actors, thus risking the wrath of Gleeks everywhere. “Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy told Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.” This could mean that elder New Directions Mark Salling and Cory Monteith, both 28, might be heading towards the axe. Or “graduating,” as Murphy prefers to call it.

“I think you have to be true to the fact that here is a group of people who come and go in these teachers’ lives – they graduate and they’re gone,” he continued. “When some of them finish their run at high school it will be very teary episodes… for me it will be particularly tough but a new crop will come in.” This move goes against the cardinal rule of messing with a hit sitcom’s formula, but it could be a cool idea. At least it would avoid 90210 effect, where the “teens” are as old as their fictional parents. Maybe Glee will go on to be a self-perpetuated SNL-type series that just goes on evolving with the times and the talent. A musical institution on prime-time network TV? We can see it. What do you think?

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