Glee Exclusive: Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. In, Chord Overstreet Out!

It’s a case of good news/bad news for Glee fans.

First the good: Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) have officially been upgraded to full-time series regulars, effective this fall with the start of Season 3.

And now for the not so good news…

Chord Overstreet‘s series regular option has not been picked up. However, a source close to the show says the actor — who joined the Fox hit last fall in the recurring role of McKinley transfer student Sam Evans — could return as an occasional guest star.

Late Friday, Overstreet issued a cryptic tweet saying, “It’s been a good year. Too bad it’s over. Time for summer and starting fresh.”

Glee Boss Ryan Murphy: ‘Amazing Stories’ Coming for Mercedes, Mike, Tina, and Sue

The news comes two weeks after series creator Ryan Murphy raised eyebrows when he told Ryan Seacrest that most of the show’s primary characters would graduate by the end of next season. “The show to me is about the way you express yourself as you start to move out into the world as a fresh, young person,” he later clarified to TVLine. “Do we really want to have an eight-year [high school] senior? The only way somebody could stay on the show is if they flunk, and that is always a possibility. I think Brittany is pulling straight Fs.”

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  1. Jenn says:

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY DARREN! And yay Harry! I’ve been waiting for this to be confirmed, so happy it’s finally out there so no one can say Darren is going to leave and is expendable now :D Haters to the left!

  2. Brianna says:

    I’m really disappointed. Darren and Harry were already in every episode so it’s not that big of a difference. But does this mean that Sam is leaving Glee club? And what about him and Mercedes? I dont get it :(

  3. Phil says:

    What the hell, people. You’re all talking like you know what’s best for the show. Just because Chord was not promoted to series regular does not mean he won’t be in (almost) every episode. This has been done time and time again on other VERY successful shows, including “Gilmore Girls,” where Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) was always a guest star but was in nearly every episode, and Edward Hermann (Richard Gilmore) was always a “with a special appearance by” and was (again) in nearly every episode. Calm your fangirl panties down, and realize you’re not in charge. Yes, I know we’ve all had some issues with the inconsistencies in Glee’s writing sometimes, but you have no control over it. Chill out, and wait to see what happens.

  4. Esta says:

    I have to question the people who are translating “Chord COULD return as an OCCASIONAL guest star” into “He still might be in almost every episode”. I want to borrow your dictionary.

    • E says:

      Seriously. That’s industry speak for “no way in hell is he coming back, we’re all just being polite here.”

  5. Mackenzie says:

    I’m gonna miss his sexy abs. Atleast he’s working on his singing career. New album in the works!

  6. cin says:

    Without Chord I’m done. Sam Evans became my favorite all time Glee character. The show is crap and decisions like this are exactly why. Big mistake. Huge.

  7. Eliza says:

    Is the change in Chord Overstreet’s status related to Mike Ausiello’s blind item a while ago about an actor who is a fan favorite becoming a diva on the set? Just a question. I have no knowledge either way.

  8. kelly says:

    this is awful, i cant believe they are getting rid of chord, i thought he was great. is there any word on that lauren chick returning yet? bc they should get rid of her, she could be funny but the actress mumbles her lines and i can never understand her!

  9. Ariadne says:

    SAAAM.I’m going to miss you so bad :'(They give mercedes a relationship and then Sam leave………no waaay </3 but i'm happy for Blaine&Mike.They're my favorite character(and Kurt)

  10. ggny says:

    Harry Shum Jr has been around since what the 1st episode? And he wasnt a series regular till now…Im guess they just dont want to give Chord a pay upgrade but he will be around for most of the season like they have done with Harry

  11. dan says:

    I wonder if this relates to the winner of the Glee Project? Maybe Damian or one of the other boys wins, and they decided to get rid of Chord to make room for another guy.

    I liked Trouty Mouth.

  12. Kate says:

    First, I thought that Harry was already a regular he’s always dancing around. I don’t understand why Chord has to go. What will happen with the storyline with him and Mercedes…she deserves to be happy she’s the only girl on that show who hasn’t been in a relationship and I was so excited for her when she started going out with Sam. Why can’t everyone stay where they are? Besides they’re all graduating in season 3 thats when people should leave.

  13. ggny says:

    Also does this confirm Blaine will be apart of New Direction next year? Because i dont see how he could be a series regular and not be

  14. Erin says:

    That’s really too bad, as the writers really could have made something of Sam’s character. Remember how he introduced himself as being dyslexic? What was the point of that revelation if the issue was never going to be explored? That would have been an interesting, DIFFERENT direction to take, rather than focusing all available energies on contrived relationship drama and various “orientation” crises. I don’t think it would have hurt RIB to spread the love to kids with learning disabilities. News flash: they also have self-esteem issues and get bullied.

  15. Amy says:

    Dislike Chord not being picked up. I mean seriously, they made the guy sing “Friday” and then dumped him from the show. How cruel can you get?

  16. Drew says:

    Now WAIT a minute. WHY would his option being denied mean he’s gone? Harry’s was denied in season 2 and he was in EVERY episode. Unless CHORD wanted out, why would this mean he’s GONE? I think people are making a mistake until Ryan or Chord explain more. Think about it… why does being a “guest star” mean he’s gone? He was a guest star with Lauren and Mike all season.

    • Drew says:

      PLUS, why is there no news on Ashley Fink aka Lauren getting promoted? Darren, Chord, Harry, and Ashley were the ? marks… Ausiello, we need more details!

      • Drew says:

        Ok, one last tidbit.. Ryan was talking about Darren and Chord in every interview this month as “successful new blood” and “only being juniors” next season so they’d be around for season 4. why the HELL get rid of Chord? Ryan the troll again?

        • A says:

          maybe Chord didn’t like the contract he was offered. Lisa Edelstein walked from House for that reason.

          • Corinne says:

            At first I thought that might be the case as well, but when I reread the article, it was there was a regular option. From my understanding, that means it was Fox’s option to keep him full time, not the actors. Usually I wouldn’t think it matters, as other people have noted, you can be on a show without being a regular. However, RM stating “occasional guest star” makes me think it wont be as many appearance as last season.

  17. Emily says:

    While very happy for Darren and Harry, I just have to say HUH? to losing Sam. They just set him up with Mercedes and could have played that story line, plus he seemed younger than the rest and could have been the gap between the old and the new class. NOT Cool!

  18. Jonathan says:

    Dang, I’d rather see Mike Chang leave. He’s boring.

  19. Erik says:

    Too bad about Chord, but his character didn’t really bring anything interesting to the overall story of Glee. I’mm happy Darren and Harry becoming regulars, now if only Max Adler can become a regular so i can see more Karofsky.

  20. Payge Priscilla Ruby ! says:

    What!? NO!! I want Chord to be on the show next season. I LOVE Sam!
    He BETTER become a regual!!!!!!! GR!

  21. Allison says:

    Are you kidding me? Fans adore Chord and they could care less about Harry. Chord can actually sing and has a personality. Harry can dance that’s all he’s good for. They made such a good move introducing Sam into the cast and fans are gonna hate Ryan Murphy for not making him a regular. It’s stupid. Get rid of Mike and keep our trouty mouth<3

  22. Justin says:

    Lame. If anyone thinks people really care that much about Mike, these writers are just fools. This seems like a major mistake. Above all, I’d really prefer Max Adler being bumped up to series regular.

  23. Liz says:

    Darren should go. Blaine is the worst character in the show now… he is so boring (also? I’ve seen flat surfaces more deep and with more content than Blaine)… Kurt deserves much better.

  24. ggny says:

    ill bet anything that if Harry Shum was dropped and Chord was made a regular people would be bitching about that…people just like to bitch about anything

  25. Traci says:

    Honestly, the characters I’d love to see leave are Brittany (HATE her… she is completely unfunny and I have no use for airhead idiots like this) and Lauren.
    Season 2 was really disappointing, but I liked Chord as Sam just fine.
    The character of Mike serves no purpose other than dancing, so I’m not clear on why they’re keeping him, but I’m okay with it as long as he primarily dances and doesn’t become an air hog. (Tina is another one who does nothing for me, and he suffers from being paired with her.)

  26. sharone says:

    SAM NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love chord overstreet!!!!!!

  27. donna says:

    i don’t like darren. i want sam!

    • Duh says:

      What’s that about. This isn’t Darren instead of Chord. It isn’t Mike instead of Lauren. It isn’t Corey instead of Mark. It isn’t Lea instead of Heather. Ryan Murphy wants to take the show in a certain direction and Chord’s character Sam is seen as expendable. Why the hate on the other actors?

  28. Kristen says:

    I heard that when some of the cast graduates some will stay.And everyone in the glee club were juniors in season 2 except for Sam,so that means that everyone will move up to senior in season 3 except Sam since he will be a junior in season 3,and maybe even Brittany-undecided(since shes so stupid)and then when season 3 is over they will invite more people in with Chord Overstreet(Sam)when he is a senior and whoever failed their senior year,(maybe Brittany).

  29. Babygate says:

    Disappointed. I was very much looking forward to seeing what would evolve between Sam and Mercedes…

  30. lauren says:

    I’m really pissed about this. I’m really starting to hate Ryan Murphy. I hate his approach to the show. He makes so many decisions just for the hell of it. Why should I invest time in these characters if he’s just going to drop them for no reason?! Seriously not happy. It makes me not want to watch anymore.

  31. Rach says:

    I am soooo bummed! i was really looking forward to seeing where they took Mercedes and Sam… if he is graduating that is a good sign, but I don’t want them to have him just disappear. I really loved Chord… :(

  32. Leigh says:

    WHY would he insist on keeping that horribly untalented and grossly obese “Lauren Zises” and dump a hotty like Chord? What kind of bizzare sex tape/blackmail item does this actress HAVE on Ryan Murphy??? Damn. It must be pretty good (and incriminating) to keep her…

  33. Sue says:

    It’s a shame that Chord won’t be in the next season, I was hoping to see more of him. Well, hopefully the script will be changed along the way to make space for his character, cause honestly, I don’t see the point in him leaving just because he isn’t a series regular. :/ I’m glad for Harry though – it’s been long overdue. I have no comment about Darren but let’s just hope this season turns out to be good. :)

  34. Jess says:

    I’m gonna miss my Trouty Mouth.
    And Samedes, and Fabrevans and Sam/Puck bromance

  35. Evelyn says:

    Ugh. they had so much planned for Sam before Season 2 started. He was the closeted jock who Kurt would help come to terms with his sexuality. It was going to be a great coming out story. Then BLAINE comes along and since he’s played by Darren Criss, he IMMEDIATELY has hundreds of fans. I just wish they would’ve cut off Blaine instead of Sam.

  36. Dalton says:

    Omg no you can not just ditch samcedes i fell in love with sunshine and her amazing voice then you ditched her sam has grown on me and ive grown attached to the nerdy guy that still pulls off popularity samcedes is one of the beat matchups on the show has everyone forgptten the prom on a budget of 20 dollars that still worked talk about chemistry they have more than anyone else on the show

  37. bubble says:

    This is fine with me. I never was in favour of introducing SAM as a character on glee anyway. He’s not needed in the show and I think its a right decision to kick him out.

  38. CrissIsKing says:

    (but omfg darren im soooooo proud of you love)

  39. Beck says:

    This is just another reason for me not to watch Glee next season. Sorry Ryan Murphy, season 2 was ridiculously boring & frustrating to watch. The only episode I liked was Funeral. Now there are going to be no guest stars & Chord is gone when he started to date Mercedes? They’ve lost me as a viewer.

  40. Adrian says:

    But what about Max Adler and Ashley Fink???

  41. Max says:

    I understand the thought behind “graduating” the cast out however, once the main cast starts leaving so will I. It does not take a lot of imagination to come up with the idea that one TV season does not have to be one school year. Think outside of the box!

  42. Marco says:

    Happy about Harry, annoyed about Darren (not that I hate him (who could?) but more of the human prop known as BLAND (and no, it isn’t a typo), and have to say I don’t care either way about Chord. Now, make Max Adler a regular, RM.

  43. evs says:

    “hit show may give diva the boot” :D

  44. Belle says:

    I’m really disappointed by this. I was looking forward to seeing Mercedes and Sam together next season as a couple. I wonder if Chord will at least be in the season premiere.

  45. Belle says:

    I’m really disappointed by this. I was looking forward to seeing Mercedes and Sam together next season as a couple. I wonder if Chord will at least be in the season premiere.

  46. Claudia says:

    And I just might stop watching glee after dianna agron and mark Salling are out too )’:

  47. Miranda says:

    Major bummer. Of the three, Chord is my favourite Glee character. I was actually starting to like him more than Finn, who is my favourite male character. I could give a rat’s ass about Blaine, they focus way too much on him in the warblers and it always pissed me off. I do like Mike though. Still Chord’s the first I’d want on as a series regular.

  48. Lisa says:

    sucks about Chord :/
    I don’t see why he has to get rid of Quinn, Rachel, Puck and Finn.
    They are the stars of the show, why not spilt the school year in half for two more seasons?
    Try and focus on the main characters if it’s the last season for them, don’t bring in new ones -_-

    • jillian says:

      i totally agree!! i would like to see a quinn and puck storyline about their BABY and i am interested to see what will happen with finn and rachel, they are the only reason i watch the show anymore

  49. Juan says:

    I would also prefer Darren to leave,the only good songs I could think of him are Teenage Dream and Baby It’s Cold Outside, and those were held by Colfer’s screen presence.

    We can’t lose Trouty Mouth now.

    Save Trouty Mouth!