Which 'Glee' Kids Are Returning for Season 4?

We're still not sure how they're going to pull this off, but the entire cast is reportedly returning to the musical comedy series this fall

A year ago, Glee creator Ryan Murphy caused a stir -- among fans and critics alike -- with a comment he made during an interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show: "We didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years," he said. "We really wanted it to be true to that experience." In other words, as the show headed into its fourth season, the series regulars would be graduating from high school, and presumably the show, in May.

Turns out, graduating doesn't mean disappearing. Last month came news that the entire cast had been asked back, and Deadline reports that, indeed, they have all accepted. In addition, Chord Overstreet is in negotiations to be bumped up from recurring character to series regular.

In May, during the week of the show's season 3 finale, Murphy told Vulture.com that everyone -- all 15 original cast members -- was welcome to stay.

"We had a meeting, and you know we've become like a family, and I said to them, 'Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show,'" he said. "They're all coming back... Anyone who is a regular is coming back. Everyone said yes."

He'll also make room for new characters, like the winner of The Glee Project and some guest stars with multi-episode arcs, like Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker. How will he fit all these people into his show?

Well, just because everyone's coming back "doesn't mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes," Murphy told Vulture. "If they want to explore new and different things while also having a home, that is also an option."

As a matter of fact, many of the originals have already become involved in other projects. Lea Michele is a spokesmodel for Candies shoes. Cory Monteith's in an indie rock band called Bonnie Dune. Jenna Ushkowitz and Chris Colfer have both signed book deals. And Dianna Agron has a couple of big-screen films lined up.

Once again, Murphy is putting a positive message out there for young people. Graduation isn't the end of the world!

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