Is Lea Michele getting her own spinoff series from Glee? This is just one question out of dozens concerning the future of the series. Starting this summer, much has been said about the end of FOX's Glee. Since last season, ratings for the show have slumped and the end was in sight even before the death of key character and main actor Cory Monteith.
Glee's end was later confirmed during an event at the Paley Center for FX. Series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that next year will be Glee's last. Since Monteith's passing, Murphy has said time and time again that it has been difficult to envision the future of Glee without its star quarterback Finn Hudson.
After grieving the loss of a friend and actor, Ryan Murphy was told by FOX that he would have to rework Glee's entire season, given the fact that most of the storylines revolved around Finn Hudson. What resulted was a touching tribute episode and a new strategy for the current season that would take the cast into next year's finale.
It's now being reported that the strategy Ryan Murphy has cooked up will give Lea Michele her own spinoff show as Rachel Berry. Since the beginning of Glee, Murphy has stated that he created the musical dramedy show for Lea Michele after catching her performance in Broadway's Spring Awakening. It isn't a surprise that Lea Michele would get her own spinoff series as Rachel, especially since it seems like there's a lot more to explore in New York with Rachel's budding Broadway debut in Funny Girl.
According to RadarOnline, a source has confirmed the news of a Lea Michele spinoff:
"They're making the deals now and it also presents a viable exit plan for the main Glee series itself — in that some of its core cast would also migrate to the Lea Michele project as Glee is showing signs of aging."
This also comes after the news that Ryan Murphy might be setting the remaining season in New York. This would make sense and would act as a perfect entry point for a spinoff for Lea Michele if FOX is on board with the idea.
Although Ryan Murphy hasn't confirmed the news of a Lea Michele spinoff, he has given some hint that the series finale of Glee will honor Cory Monteith in some way, having told TVLine:
"I'm going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory's unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love."
As for news of a spinoff, a FOX rep is saying that there's "no truth" behind the rumors. That said, this isn't the only time the news of a Glee spinoff has hit the web.
Do you think a Lea Michele spinoff is the best decision for Glee?