We hope those Gleeks have a pension plan.
The stars of the smash musical-comedy Glee have been put on notice: Series creator Ryan Murphy says some of the show’s stars will have to leave the hit program by the end of the show’s fourth season.
What gives? Well, it’s quite simple, really. You see, Ryan doesn’t do “old actors.”
Here’s looking at you, Lea Michele.
Glee centers on the eccentric teachers and students of fictional McKinley High and Murphy wants the show to replicate a real high school with older students graduating and being replaced by new faces.
“Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy retorts. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.”
The Glee producer believes there’s only a limited time that stars can convincingly be portrayed as teenagers. That could mean trouble for a quite a few Gleekers who have shot to fame playing talented high school students on the FOX series, including Michele, 24, who plays Rachel, and 28-year-old Cory Monteith, best known as Fin. Even Amber Riley, aka Mercedes Jones, is almost 25.
When Glee premiered its second season in September, producers introduced a new actor, Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam Evans, in series two to begin the regeneration process. Additionally, Murphy says he’s already the discussed the prospect of “graduating” the core Glee cast with co-executive producer sIan Brennan and Brad Falchuk.
“I was concerned about that (whether to have characters graduate and leave the show) because those kids caught on so quickly – but I think one of the things I’m very happy we’ve been able to do this years is we’ve brought in new characters. I think if you can keep regenerating – and I didn’t think we could – I didn’t know if people would want those characters (like Sam) but they do.”
We’ve heard of Hollywood ageism, but could this by taking things a step too far? Hell, Stockard Channing played a high school senior (albeit not very convincingly) in Grease — and she was 34! Surely, you didn’t think a girl of just 17 would have enough moxie to front “The Pink Ladies?”
How do you feel about Glee’s plans to “retire” some of your favorite singers?