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'Glee' Characters to Graduate in 2012

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2010 1:00PM
GleeIt was bound to happen eventually, Gleeks.

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy has announced the graduation date for some of the high school characters on the Fox hit. In 2012, prepare to say goodbye to some beloved members of New Directions.

We can see it now: the cast swaying on stage, belting out Vitamin C's quintessential hit 'Graduation (Friends Forever),' tears running down faces -- both theirs and ours.

"Every year we're going to populate a new group," Murphy told News.Com.Au. "There's nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot."

For those who got character fatigue from all the new faces this season, prepare for the same thing to happen next year. Murphy plans on introducing new members to the already-bloated cast and gradually phase out the older characters. While hesitant to have characters move on, Murphy said he's pleased with the new characters, like Chord Overstreet's Sam Evans, the show has introduced.

"I think if you can keep regenerating -- and I didn't think we could -- I didn't know if people would want those characters, but they do."

With how often the series asks viewers to suspend their disbelief, it's nice to see Murphy acknowledge the fact that he can't keep kids in high school forever. "I think you have to be true to the fact that here is a group of people who come and go in these teachers' lives -- they graduate and they're gone," Murphy said.

Theoretically, 'Glee' can go on forever, and given how much buzz and money it has generated for Fox, the network probably wants it to. However, the spark of the series is the dynamic between the current characters, something that can't be replicated -- at least not well. It wouldn't be the same to have 2.0 versions of Rachel, Kurt and all the other characters.

What do you think of a 'Glee' with a new cast?
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