Glee: Season 4 - Damian McGinty exits, plot points teased at Comic-Con
Story by Jack Foley
GLEE visited Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday night and revealed a little bit more about what to expect from the show’s upcoming fourth season.
Primary among the revelations was that The Glee Project Season 1 co-winner Damian McGinty will not be returning in the immediate future.
Executive producer Brad Falchuk explained: “Damian is not back this year. The second half of the season, who knows. Right now, he won’t be in the first half of the season.”
However, The Glee Project‘s Samuel Larsen and Alex Newell will be back along with Chord Overstreet – although almost none of the original cast members will feature in every episode.
Indeed, season four marks a transition in the show’s make-up, as Falchuk attempted to explain to reporters ahead of the panel at Comic-Con.
“Part of what we’re trying to explore now is what happens after you graduate high school and you become an adult: your life changes and your expectations change and it’s really hard to maintain relationships but not impossible,” he said.
“We really want to challenge the characters a little bit more because high school is all about firsts and we want them to have new firsts now: your first love out of high school, your first big break-up, your big breakup and reconciliation, there’s a lot to it.”
So, what else is new for season 4?
Season 4 will commence in September, right as the school year is beginning at both McKinley and NYADA.
At McKinley, however, the Glee group will be smaller, allowing for each story to be “a little more intimate and a little more focused”.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) is still in Ohio and will help Will (Matthew Morrison) re-populate New Directions, which will struggle to increase its ranks for the first episode, rendering them the underdogs once again.
Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) will have had her baby but the father’s identity remains unknown. It will, however, be one of the big reveals of the first half of the fourth season.
Over in New York, meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele) will struggle with being separated from Finn (Cory Monteith), while recurring guest star Kate Hudson will portray her tough-as-nails teacher at NYADA.
Santana (Naya Rivera) won’t, however, be in New York, as the third season finale suggested. She will, however, be at the University of Louisville and rooting for her relationship with Brittany (Heather Morris) to continue.
“They definitely love each other,” said Rivera, when pressed as part of the Glee panel. “I hope that they make it.”
Tina and Mike will also be attempting to make a long-distance relationship work, while Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt will still be going strong, buoyed by the latter’s decision not to leave. There may well be some more bumps in the road, though.
Almost inevitably, there will also be a lot of new cast members, including Puck’s younger brother and a roommate for Rachel that nobody has met before in New York.
But Falchuk is excited about this prospect, saying: “We’re definitely looking to re-populate the choir room and casting some new people to bring in there… the idea is to keep that part of the show vibrant.”
Whether fans will warm to the new characters and stay loyal to the show is one of season four’s big questions. But the fact that all of the existing cast have been retained is a big boost.
The only real mystery surrounds Monteith’s Finn, whose own adventure looks set to involve some sort of military association. Monteith himself is convinced Finn has it in him and has been preparing for that outcome by doing some press-ups.
Oh, and there will be another Britney Spears’ themed episode (as early as episode two) which will be split between Morris and Rachel.
“We were able to take the Britney Spears-themed episode in the choir room and have it in New York and see how that affects the Rachel story line,” said Falchuk.
The fourth season of Glee is due to premiere on Thursday, September 13, on Fox. UK viewers can catch it on Sky1.