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.