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With graduation approaching at McKinley High, Glee fans have been dying to know whether their favorite seniors -- including Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Finn (Cory Monteith) -- will be sticking around or moving on. For a while, there were rumors that the college-bound characters were headed for their own show. And while we hate to disappoint anyone who was looking forward to Glee: The College Years, we have to tell you that FOX has officially put the kibosh on a spin-off.
"We're graduating the characters that are arcing toward graduation," FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told the press on Sunday. "There will not be a Glee spin-off. But those characters will graduate and that's led to a really interesting idea that I think will give us something to dig into next season, and it (starts with) the spring batch of episodes. That's all I can say about it now."
Reilly added that creator Ryan Murphy has a "really cool idea" for keeping the graduating New Directions members around next season. According to Vulture, Reilly hinted that Glee may effectively split into two shows, with the focus shifting between the kids' high school and the college worlds.
Which brings us to the next question: Will the actors playing seniors use graduation as an opportunity to exit the show? Reilly would confirm only that Lea Michele (who seems the most likely to ditch the show for other opportunities) will be back next year. As for the other actors -- well, we can't imagine they're too eager to walk away from a big fat hit!
Murphy said in July that he was contemplating a spin-off for Michele, Colfer and Monteith, which led to false reports that the three of them were leaving the show. Now it seems like they'll all be sticking around for a while. We'll just have to wait to find out whether they're all going to the same college -- and whether the audience is going with them.