UPDATE: It's official! Fox President Kevin Reilly confirmed, via E! Online at the TCA press tour on January 13 that after the 100th episode, Glee would be moving full-time to NYC for the remainder of Season 5. He didn't clarify where Season 6 would take place. Some of the New Directions will move to NYC, but others won't. "Creatively, it would be ridiculous if everybody moved to New York, so there's going to be some who are going to graduate and move on. And they'll come back in when we do special episodes."
They won't be off the show for good, but we'll probably see them about as much as we see Puck (Mark Salling). Translation: Not much. "They'll always be a part of it, and I think the way it's going to dovetail next season is you'll see some familiar faces coming around in some capacity, but for this season there will be a graduation, and several of the cast members will move on and a few others will move to New York," he said.
One person Kevin can confirm will be staying is Jane Lynch (Sue). "As long as there's a show, there's Jane Lynch."
UPDATE: It's really happening! Well, for a little while at least. Maybe not for good. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Sue Sylvester will succeed in getting the New Directions disbanded during Glee’s 100th episode, Season 4, Episode 12: "100." After that, the show will move exclusively to New York City for “several consecutive episodes.” So while the switch to NYC does not appear to be permanent so far, it's definitely happening for a good chunk of the rest of this season.
The site notes that Matthew Morrison (Will) is not off the show for good, so there's always hope that the New Ds might get reinstated. Maybe. But Mercedes (Amber Riley), Blaine (Darren Criss), and Sam (Chord Overstreet) will be in all the NYC episodes. And we're really not sure when the next time we'll see underclassmen likeRyder (Blake Jenner), Marley (Melissa Benoist), and Unique (Alex Newell).
Original article: We asked for it, and it appears that the Glee gods have listened! TVLine is reporting that the show is seriously considering cutting McKinley High School from the plot entirely, and setting the entire show in New York City.
And they might not even wait until next year to do it. While a recent interview with Jayma Mays (Emma) raised speculation that the show might be nixing McKinley for Season 6, TVLine reports that their sources are saying the change could take place as early as this season. [UPDATE: Actor Matthew Morrison (Schue) recently told Elle magazine that while he doesn't "know what is happening with the show," he does know that" this season will finish like a normal Glee season." So unless creator Ryan Murphy changed the plans without telling Matt, it sounds like McKinley will be sticking around in some form through the end of this season.]
We’ll let that sink in. Jake (Jacob Artist), Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Kitty (Becca Tobin), Will (Matthew Morrison), Emma, Sue (Jane Lynch)...all of the teachers and non-graduating seniors would be off the show for good. (Glee without Sue Sylvester? We’re not sure we want to live in a world where that exists.)
Presumably, graduating seniors like Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet), and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) would be safe... as long as they can get their butts over to a college in NYC, stat. Artie (Kevin McHale) is already planning to attend film school in NYC come the fall so he’d likely make the cut.
However, TVLine notes that an all NYC, all the time switch is just “one of several ideas Fox is discussing with Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan who have been forced to reexamine all aspects of the show in the wake of Cory Monteith’s tragic death in July.”
Glee is currently filming Season 4, Episode 7 “Puppet Master.” So far, we haven’t seen any Twitter activity or on-set photos from McKinley underclassmen, but considering that no decision has been made so far, we’re betting a potential all-NYC switch wouldn’t come until the second half of Season 5. And those episodes won’t start airing until the spring of 2014.
We’ve been hoping and dreaming of an full-time NYC switch since back even before Season 5 began, so we’re actually pretty stoked about this idea. It would be an amazing way to inject new life into a show that has gotten pretty darn repetitive recently.
Your move, Ryan Murphy.