Glee Season 5 has only just begun, but the show has already been confirmed for Season 6. And while this sixth year will be Glee's last, it's sounding more and more like the show plans to switch things up in major way before it all ends. Jayma Mays (Emma) recently opened up about just why she's leaving the show at the end of this year, and her reasons sparked a flurry of speculation that Glee might be ditching it's McKinley high school plot line entirely.
“It wasn’t my choice. The creators decided to do it,” she told the UK’s Metro. “We knew it was coming last year — some other characters will also be leaving this season.” Jayma didn't specify which other characters exactly would be written off. But talk of dropping McKinley and moving Glee full-time to New York has been around for a while. The McKinley newbies never really developed a huge fan following. So once seniors like Blaine (Darren Criss) graduate at the end of this year... really... what is our motivation to care about Ohio, anyway?
Plus, we know the Glee bosses have been toying around with this idea for a while. Back even before Glee's Season 5 and 6 renewal was announced, Fox president Kevin Reilly spoke about the future of the show, and he made an intriguing suggestion: let’s move the whole show to New York.
Clearly, that idea was tabled for Season 5, but it sounds like the execs have been seriously considering it for Season 6. For our part, we think an all-New York, all the time plot would be the perfect way to inject new life into Glee. If you want some more specific reasons why a move to Manhattan would be a great choice, keep reading.
The divided storyline works — except when it really doesn’t
We get it — Glee started as a show about a high school glee club. And then half the club graduated! Or did they?
Other than a small handful — namely Rachel, Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera) — these so-called graduates have barely moved on from their old stomping grounds. Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), however, seem to come back all the time. In fact, we’re pretty sure Puck (Mark Salling) has spent more time at McKinley this year than he did when he was actually a student.
Glee’s stars are already there — or on their way
We’re definitely not saying that the kids who are still at McKinley aren’t interesting. In fact, we’ve been really impressed with some of the newcomers! But the star of Glee is and always has been Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), the small-town girl whose talent is too big and bright for Lima, Ohio.
And from the look of things, the rest of the show’s most popular characters are either already living in NYC or headed there soon. For example, Blaine (Darren Criss) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) will both be touring colleges in NYC during Season 5, Episode 6, and Artie (Kevin McHale) has already been accepted to film school there. Why not make things easier on everyone — cast, crew, and audience — and stick to the location where most of the magic is happening?
More interesting plot possibilities to explore
The problem about a show set in a one-BreadstiX town like Lima is that there’s only so much that can happen there. After three and a half seasons, we kinda feel like all the dramatic aspects of high school life — eating disorders, teen pregnancy, texting-related car accidents — have been played out. But in a thriving metropolis like New York City, the sky’s the limit!
Broadway? Of course. Rachel can headline a show! Cheesy TV commercials? Of course. Santana gets free yeast infection cream for life. Plus, let's not forget all the fashion opportunities for Kurt. New York Fashion Week, anyone? The list could go on and on. We're tired of the same high school prom story line. So let’s give these writers a bigger playground, huh?
Better guest star opportunities
It’s always seemed a little weird that so many insanely talented people live in or around a small town in Ohio. But in Manhattan, powerhouse guest stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson actually make sense. Glee's only in NYC part-time, and we've already had both of them, plus Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert. If the show were to move there exclusively, just think of the possibilities for new — and returning — guest stars.
What do you think? Is an exclusively New York storyline a good idea, or a sure path to shark-jumping territory?