Producer Brad Falchuk spilled a ton of spoilerific beans at today's Glee panel at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, including conclusive info on cast departures and some juicy relationship gossip.
The Twitterati have been vocal in reporting news from the panel, including:
1. Sam (Chord Overstreet) definitely isn't coming back for next season!
@MichaelAusiello: #GLEE Boss Confirms Chord's Overstreet's Exit: Sam Will Not Be Back At All
@gleeks: Chord decided to not accept a regular role on the show #GleeatComicCon
2. Just because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving!
@FoxHomeEnt: Brad Falchuk confirms: 'Corey, Lea, and Chris are not leaving with the show...but they are graduating.'
“Because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show," Falchuck added during the panel. "If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t just say, ‘We’re going to let you go.’” He also said that some of the glee kids will be seniors, while others such as Jenna Ushkowitz are juniors next season. A “number of original people are not graduating,” he confirmed. “It was never our plan, it was never our intention to let them go,” Falchuk said. “They are not done with the show after this season.”
3. The network approved a spinoff with Rachel and Kurt in New York, but the producers don't want to do it!
@UltimateGleeks: Brad Falchuk says they are leaning against a spin off with Rachel and Kurt but FOX DID okay one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the spinoff would focus on Rachel, Finn, Kurt, and Blaine taking on the Big Apple. “We’re leaning against doing it,” he said. “We certainly have explored it. But I think we’re going to pass.”
4. Mercedes gets a new boyfriend!
@GLEEonFOX: "Mercedes will have a new boyfriend she met over the summer in new season.."- Brad Falchuck #Glee #FOXSDCC
@TVGuide: #Glee: Mercedes' boyfriend is a "big bubba" kind of guy, "very encouraging" -- Brad Falchuk #sdcc
5. The Bieste is back!
@GLEEonFOX: Coach Bieste will be back in upcoming season! #Glee #FOXSDCC
6. Tina and Artie 'shippers, prepare for heartbreak:!
@TVGuide: #Glee: Tina and Artie getting back together? Doesn't look like it. Also, we're gonna meet Mike's parents this season. #sdcc #comiccon
7. Kurt and Blaine are staying together!
@TVGuide: #Glee: They're good, they're solid... they're two stars so there will be problems, but they're not breaking up. -- Brad on Klaine #sdcc
@TVGuide: #Glee: Kurt+Blaine news? "They're kind of in the honeymoon phase," says Darren Criss "I'm a big fan of Klaine" #sdcc
8. Viewers will finally meet Harry's parents!
@GLEEonFOX: We'll meet Harry's parents in the upcoming season of #Glee #FOXSDCC
9. Sue for Congress!
@GLEEonFOX: Sue Sylvester is running for Congress - her platform, no arts in schools! - Ian Brennan #FOXSDCC #Glee
10. And the winner is...
Glee fans will be super happy with the winner of The Glee Project, Zach Woodlee reports.
11. More scoop
Next season will be split into two semesters — fall and spring.
12. Darren on B-way?
Remember those rumors about Darren Criss taking on Daniel Radcliffe's role in How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying on Broadway? He can't confirm it yet. But not to worry, Glee fans. Darren says it will be a short stint and he'll be back to Glee in "two seconds" if he does get the gig.
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