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Glee jumps ahead, leaves New York for final season

For its sixth and final season, Glee will jump forward and leave New York. Executive producer Ryan Murphy told a handful of reporters Monday about the future of the show. Production has been troubling ever since male lead Cory Monteith passed away. The show has struggled in production, creatively and in ratings following the unexpected death. Now Murphy and his team seem to know where the show is heading for its final year.

In 2009 Glee started out as the biggest hit of the season, following a group of talented underdogs who joined forces in a comedy/drama/musical. When the original characters graduated the show balanced their post-high school life with a crop of new students. The troubles only accellarated when Monteith died last summer. The production halted for a few weeks, only to return to film several episodes including a tribute to Monteith. Late last year the production took a hiatus to work out where the show was going without one of its central characters. The outcome of that was put in motion following the show’s 100th episode that saw several characters heading off in their own way, move to New York or say goodbye to Glee club. All the other story lines were closed and the show focused solely on those that moved to New York. Now it’s revealed the city won’t play a central role in the upcoming final season of the show.

“When ‘Glee’ first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall,” Murphy said. “At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory’s character, and that didn’t work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let’s concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well."

Monteith’s passing changed the show completely. The original ending supposedly saw his character Finn reunite with his high school love Rachel (Lea Michele, Monteith’s real-life fiancee). Because that ending fell away, the producers want to start with a clean slate. “It feels like a new show to me, and it’s much more young adult than it’s ever been, this week’s episode being the perfect indication of that.” ‘Glee’ will now be a show about six friends living in New York City. At least, for a while.

“The final season is really its own story and its own location and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is really not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that really dwells on the original people that came and went and there’s a return of the Jane [Lynch] and Matt [Morrison] characters in a big way."

Murphy says the final season will be twenty-four episodes. Two of which are borrowed off of this year because production couldn’t make the ordered twenty-two episodes in time. This year will end with episode twenty. For next year that means there’s more room for everyone to come back. ‘Everyone who wants to come back can come back,” Murphy says. As for season five, currently airing on FOX, Murphy reveals: “everything builds to a head. I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that."
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