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Ryan Murphy Reveals Would-Be 'Glee' Spinoff Plans

Ryan Murphy Reveals Would-Be 'Glee' Spinoff Plans

Ryan Murphy has opened up to Deadline about discarded spinoff plans for Glee and explained why he said Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith were leaving the show for good after the show’s third season.

“I said, yes, they are graduating and they will not be back on the show for Season Four. And when I did that interview, what was happening was we were asked to investigate doing a spin-off and it was a spin-off specifically for three of them, Chris, Cory and Lea. In March, Brad Falchuk and I started talking to all three of those actors about it because you can’t make people do spin-offs,” Ryan said.

“Maybe we’ll talk about it in April or May, but for now let’s just concentrate on making Season 3 the best that we can do. When I say they’re seniors and they’re not coming back to the show, what I did not say is they’re not coming back to the show because there will be another show,” Ryan said.

Ryan also shared that the original plan was to send cast members to Juilliard in New York City for the spinoff.

Read the entire interview with Ryan over at Deadline!

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  • Kevin

    Like we can believe anything this idiot says. If he gets rid of his main characters his show is doomed. Spinoff be damned!

  • callie

    everything this guy says sounds so shady.
    if he wasnt sure about show plans then he shouldve kept his mouth shut or just said stuff was still in the works.

  • Jennifer

    I think he over estimates the staying power of The Glee franchise. How many regionals and Kurt pouts can we stand? It’s already showing wear.

  • BEAN

    K so we wont be listening to Ryan Murphy anymore.

  • steve

    he fires people, unfires people, says he never really fired people, telling people to ‘go with god’. he’s so full of sh*t.

  • Kyla

    I’m certainly glad that idea was scrapped!

  • cat

    u know what it seems like is that he got too full of himself with the success of the show and he is overestimating or abusing his ‘power’. u cant be like that. itll come back to bite u eventually.

  • Melanie

    I love Glee and I’ll watch any spinoff there is

  • bona

    i know if i was artie, i’d want off the show. i would hate to be in a wheelchair. plus he makes him stay in the wheelchair on the concerts, i find that so stupid

  • jb

    these poor kids are worked like slaves with 16 hour days/7 days a week, and then have to deal with this guy. i hope the show is cancelled for their sake.

  • Lo

    How many times does he need to change the story?!

  • Louise


    You do know that the character of Artie isnt real? He’s an actor who portrays a wheelchair bound person and with that comes a responsibility to honour the rights and feelings of a disabled viewer.

    Meaning that when they do concerts, it’s themed and they are portraying their characters not themselves which means it’s only right that he stays in the wheelchair.

    One of the main reasons to have a disabled person on screen is to hopefully create less ignorance but it obviously hasnt caught on yet with some people.

    You would hate to be in a wheelchair, I think everyone would agree with that but thousands of people are disabled and artie represents a stereotype and hopefully people will learn from him.

  • bonn


    befre my mom died, she was wheelchair bound, so yeah, i know it sucks.. and i don’t need some dumb ass such as yourself to enlighten me. so grow up

  • jacqueline

    Finn going to Juilliard, seriously? The dumbest character on the show. But then, with Glee everything’s possible. And I’d hate a spinoff with FINN! Kurt, Rachel, maybe Jesse, Quinn… Finn is not good enough.
    I’m starting to hate Ryan Murphy, he’s just rude and disrespectful with the actors and he apparentely thinks we watch the show because he’s a fricking genius and we’ll still watch it after the main cast graduates.

  • jonesy

    So can someone please enlighten me because after reading this I’m even more confused then I was before. If Glee gets a forth season are Lea, Cory & Chris staying? I don’t get it. I mean, I totally understand the fact that they want them to graduate and that’s cool I think they should, but that doesn’t mean that they should leave the show or do a spin-off. Why don’t they just continue doing a storyline for them after leaving high school with all the remaining cast and maybe for Matthew include a new Glee club in which the original Glee cast helps him?! This is just my opinion but to me and a lot of people who watch the show sounds more logical than removing them from the show or doing a spin-off.

  • bona


    they can make more money leaving the show completely

  • raisingChild

    FAIL never watching! Can’t stand the voices of these three!

  • di

    Ryan Murphy is saying CORY is definitely part of the spin-off. Whatever feelings you might have as Finn as a character, Cory is one of their most popular actors with a large fanbase and Fox is not going to want to lose that.

  • Courtney

    This guy is an idiot.

  • yaya

    nooooooooooooooooo.lets hope this show eill end soon

  • Phil

    I wish Ryan would just go away already. Glee is so poorly written now I no longer look forward to it. What more will this man bring to the table for entertainment? I mean Eat, Love, Pray was a total flop (even with the wonderful Julia Roberts) and the dialogue for Glee is all about titillating his audience (or having more compassion for people of alternative lifestyles).

  • Mtkolvia

    Ryan and Brad both need to shape up and start acting like professionals. First Brad calls a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter a liar and insinuates Chord Overstreet is a diva because he wouldn’t work for $10,000/episode less than his costars… now Ryan throws Chris Colfer under the bus after HE makes an incredibly public blunder, and cancels the spin-off to punish the actors for talking to the press?

    I didn’t think anything could be worse than exploiting the suicides of bullied teenagers for media buzz and then suggesting bullies are the ones who need sympathy. Guess I was wrong. Get this show off the air before Ryan Murphy does any more damage to careers or teenagers’ self-esteem.

  • Lamby

    @<a href=”/2011/07/28/ryan-murphy-reveals-would-be-@Mtkolvia: glee-spinoff-plans/comment-page-1/#comment-18482722″>jb:

    I agree with the entire first paragraph of your comment, but I must beg to differ with the second. Showing that SOME bullies are aggressive because of THEIR OWN insecurities is actually quite helpful to teens. I work with children in an urban environment where we see a lot of bullying beahvior, and I have to tell you that I wish I could get my kids to understand this.

    The show has NEVER acted as if Kurt wasn’t the victim…but it went even further by showing that his bully was damaged as well. THAT’S reality, my friend. Many bullies are not just bad seeds, they’re kids who are hurting.

  • Brandon Boudreaux

    Omg!!! I would soo be up to audition for the new glee spin off or anything glee. Unfortunately I was too young to audition when I first heard of the show but am soon going to be 16 I know it’s 18 and would kill for updates on auditioning and any news on the new show! Go team glee!

  • testingtonho

    I like the show, but it is completely unrealistic to base a show around Finn at Julliard. He doesn’t have the talent or grades necessary to get in there.

    If they did a spin-off it would be best to just have it be about Rachel and/or Curt trying to make it in New York

  • Braden

    I don’t think Finn getting into Juilliard is TOO unrealistic. I mean, he’s clearly smart enough to pass his classes since he never gets held back or anything, and he is a strong performer within the Glee Club (Or at least I think so). Still, I think it’d make more sense for him to get a football scholarship to a different New York School but they could still all live together.

    Regardless, I really hope Ryan Murphy gets his act together.

  • Nicole

    I just don’t get why Ryan thinks that people would still watch and enjoy the show with the main characters gone as much as the first season. One of Ryan’s problems is that when he sees a good thing he jumps on it and doesn’t get off for a long time. Like the issues with Kurt, Santana ect. I understand that these issues need to be adressed, but while focusing on basically the same issues with two different characters, he took away from the characters (Rachel) that made the show funny and endearing in the first place.

  • Sam

    Glee needs to go back to the original. Back to the first season where it wasn’t about who was guest starring or what tribute episode to do next. The glee club had a solid story line and it was interesting to follow. I just hope that since this is potentially Lea, Cory, and Chris’ last season Ryan does their characters justice, and that he also honors them as actors by giving them good material to really shine through. Because they are really the stars and the heart of the show

  • aien

    i don’t think it’s a good idea to make a spin-off out of the show’s lead characters. when the spin-off becomes a hit, it’s gonna leave the main show on the sidelines. end result, spin-off becomes the main show, glee would feel like it’s the spin-off. and then their next move would be to ship the other characters from ohio to new york. well if that’s what they’re planning to do..

  • samara

    Ryan Murphy is not stupid and neither is cory monteith! a spin off show would have been awesome! Oh and the cast is not being overworked! holy crap! why the hell do you think glee has been taking so many breaks from airing the show? because they are taking breaks from filming. harry said that they now get like a week break here and there. gosh, some of yo u guys really are stupid! there is nothing wrong with Ryan Murphy, he is not self absorbed he is just trying to figure out what to do with the show. gosh, lay off!

  • samara

    oh and ONE TREE HILL lost it’s two main characters and the show did fine it’s had NINE seasons! so glee would do fine without lea cory and chris. and whoever else is leaving.

  • samara

    oh and if glee does a spin off they will also have harry and heather because they’re characters are dancers so they will probably go to julliard together.