Glee cast members all set for fourth season comeback
Story by Jack Foley
THE entire cast of Glee is poised to return for the show’s fourth season despite initial fears that graduation would mark the end for some or most of the series original members.
However, as yet it has not been revealed how many episodes they’ll each appear in.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy had left the door open for all or none to return and is buoyed by the loyalty of the series regulars, all of whom – including leads Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer – have taken up the opportunity.
In addition, recurring favourite Chord Overstreet (aka Sam) is also in talks to rejoin the fourth season as a regular.
It is not yet clear, however, what lies in store for The Glee Project Season 1 winners Damian McGinty (Rory) and Samuel Larsen (Joe).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s writers are now hard at work breaking stories for the fourth season, which will feature a show-within-a-show concept.
That means splitting time between McKinley High in Ohio and following Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry in New York as she pursues her Broadway dreams (which will also put it in direction competition to Smash).
It is not yet clear how some of the other regulars, such as Naya Rivera’s Santana, Amber Riley’s Mercedes, Mark Salling’s Puck or Dianna Agron’s Quinn will feature given the up in the air nature of the season three finale.
Indeed, at this point only Michele, Monteith and Colfer have been confirmed as series regulars who can expect meaty storylines.
Murphy recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “We’re figuring out who’s doing what, who’s coming back. We haven’t figured it out, but I know what the stories are; I just don’t know how many episodes.
“We want to keep all our options open. I think I have to talk to the actors and say, ‘What do you want to do?’ That’s how we’ve been dealing with it. I’ve only talked to Lea so far. That’s all happening in the next two weeks.”
The arrangement will also depend on how successful the likes of Agron and Riley are post-Glee. Agron, for example, has landed movie roles, Darren Criss enjoyed a successful Broadway stint on How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Riley wants to focus as much as possible on her music career.
Of the other regular cast members poised to remain with the show, expect to see plenty more of Matthew Morrison (Will), Jane Lynch (Sue), Jayma Mays (Emma), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Criss (Blaine) and Heather Morris (Brittany).
Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will also be making appearances in the fourth season, which is due to air on US TV in September.