There are going to be some big changes on Glee next season. Five of the Fox show’s original cast members will not be returning to show next season.
TV Line reports that Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and Harry Shum Jr. are all leaving the show. The actors will no longer be considered regulars on the show but they may make a few guest appearances next season.
The news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to Glee fans. The Wrap] reports that Quinn (Agron), Mercedes (Riley), Puck (Salling), and Mike (Shum) all graduated at the end of season 3 and Heather (Morris) got accepted to MIT during the season 4 finale.
All five of the actors were part of the original cast when the show debuted in 2009.
Creator Ryan Murphy has stated in the past that he wants the show to stay true to the high school time line. Meaning that new kids will have to be brought in and older cast members will have to graduate.
Murphy said: “I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark. The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”
Glee has already been renewed for another two seasons. The fifth season of the popular show will premiere this September.