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Fans of Glee (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, on Fox) may remember the hoopla surrounding the producers' announcement this summer that Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) were being promoted to series regulars, while Chord Overstreet would have only a recurring role in Season 3. Overstreet declined the offer. "He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue," said exec producer Brad Falchuk. "And we can’t force him to work, so we wished him well."
Nearly three months later, it appears that Overstreet has had a change of heart. He's in final talks to return to the show and will appear some time in December "on a recurring basis," according to TV Line. "We missed Chord and Chord missed us," a source close to the show told the site. "It's a win-win."
His character Sam Evans certainly was popular among the New Directions singers during his season-long arc last year. No less than four of them -- Kurt (Chris Colfer), Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) -- had romantic designs on the pouty-lipped football player that Santana dubbed Trouty Mouth.
There's no word yet on how Sam will be reintroduced. When we last saw him in the Season 2 finale, we learned that he and Mercedes were in a relationship, which they were hiding for an unknown reason. "We’re gonna have to wait and discover that," Falchuk told Entertainment Weekly shortly after the finale. "They have their reasons."
And in the TV Line article reporting Overstreet's decision to leave, Falchuk had said that producers "had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes." In his absence, the writers paired Mercedes off with new McKinley Titans linebacker Shane (LaMarcus Tinker), whom she met over the summer after Sam's family moved out of state.
If Sam wants her back, he'll have to get past Shane. So…maybe he ought to reconsider dating Quinn?