Glee Headed 'Exclusively' to NYC -- But Not Without Jane Lynch, Says Fox Boss

Glee exclusively NYCGlee‘s split personality is coming to an end.

The musical dramedy “will go to New York exclusively for the second half” of Season 5, Fox chief Kevin Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. And that means the show will be saying goodbye to some of its Lima, Ohio residents.

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“Creatively, it would ridiculous if everybody moves to New York,” said Reilly, when asked how creator Ryan Murphy’s plan for Glee‘s endgame will effect “newbie” members of the New Directions show choir. “This season, there’s going to be a graduation [from Lima's William McKinley High]. Several of the cast members will move on, and a few others will go to New York.”

Fans of Jane Lynch and her Emmy-nominated turn as vicious cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester need not fret about her future in Glee’s new (York) world order: “As long as there’s a show, there’s Jane,” Reilly promised.

What’s more, he added, even the characters who don’t move to NYC “will arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it. The way it’s going to dovetail next season, we’re going to see some familiar faces coming around in some capacity.”

Ultimately, though, Murphy has already sold the network on an arc that will carry Glee all the way through the end of Season 6 — and the show’s series finale. “We do have [the show] through next season and that will be the final season,” said Reilly. “[Ryan's] got some fantastic ideas on what we’re going to next year for the final year.”

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210 Comments
  1. Shari says:

    So they finally decide to go full time NYC but we get stuck with Blaine and Sam. It’s a bit like The Monkey’s Paw. That duo sucked all the life out of the NYC scenes when they visited a few episodes ago, so keep them in the background please. I think the NYC crew could carry one of them in limited doses, but two will drag it down just like Lima.

    Oh, and please don’t go forward with the Sam and Rachel thing. There’s zero chemistry there and that’s shocking since Lea usually has chemistry with everyone. Why not let her be single for a while and working on her career? Rachel/Broadway!

  2. Terri says:

    In all that is holy they need to let go of the Sam character, what a couple waste of screen time.

  3. Kavyn says:

    This transition makes very little sense unless if they *only* plan on bringing in Blaine and Sam (which would suck, IMO). In order to successfully transfer Artie, Tina and any other Lima kids, they would essentially have to create a new arts school. So basically the show would *still* be focused on two different locations, except they’re both in New York.

    Also I’m hoping Sue’s purpose for being in NY is because she wants to be there when Becky enters university. That’s the only logical reason I could see her making this transition. But again, this would mean introducing yet another school for Becky (the one Artie was trying to convince her to go to). I really don’t understand how this is going to work out in a way that’s better than it was before.

    I personally liked the Lima kids. I hope they squeeze Kitty in with Artie somehow. If they introduce a second arts school I could see them bringing Mike back too.

    • TJ says:

      The New kids aren’t going. They are gone from Glee. Blaine, Sam & Mercedes confirmed as going w/ probably Tina & Artie doing visits like the other graduates. Artie is going to a film school in NY. Sue & Will should also be turning up in NY just don’t how or for how long.

  4. Scott says:

    For what its worth (I suspect very little in the face of popular opinion) the stupidest thing Glee ever did was shift a chunk of the show to New York. I don’t care how popular Kurt, Rachel and Santana were but when the whining trio left school they should have been dropped from the show full stop. There’s nothing intrinsically bad or wrong with the Lima characters, but splitting the show highlights weaknesses and invites less than favorable comparisons.

    In the real world people graduate and move on. They don’t hang around when its suits and most of the time you never even know what happens to them.

    • Cary says:

      Yes but Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have both said repeatedly there was no way they were going to let a talent like Lea Michele walk away. Fox has pretty much said the same thing, they weren’t willing to release Lea. And more recently Ryan has been saying Glee is really about Rachel Berry’s journey not the Glee Club. They should have done the spin off and made 2 separate shows or dumped Lima last season and just made the show NY with Rachel, Finn, Kurt and Blaine like was originally planned if they knew they wanted to keep Rachel as the focus long term.

    • dan says:

      The worst thing they did (which I’ve said before on this board) was to make so many people Seniors in year three of the show instead of Juniors. In terms of the pilot episode, it would’ve made more sense for Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt, Tina, and Artie to be Freshman. They are all the people who signed up to audition when Will took over as director of the glee club. Then throw in Mike (who was a “back row” guy in Season 1), Puck and Santana as Freshman (even though Santana was a Cheerio, she could’ve been a Freshman). Finn was already quaterback of football team so he could’ve been a Sophomore, and Quinn was the Captain of Cheerio’s so she would’ve been older as well. When Sam was first introduced I thought he was the same age as the others, yet they didn’t graduate him and suddenly his character was younger (which made no sense for a guy who worked as a stripper). Basically, they graduated way too many people at once which caused the introduction of the newbies (who were/are all clones of the originals) to be so difficult and unsatisfying for the audience. Now they’re finally figuring out the mess they created a few years ago and they’re trying to stop the bleeding so she show goes out on top.

  5. Allyson says:

    I am so happy that the shpw will focus in New York. The newbies could never compete with the originals. I think Ryan heard us loud and clear about which characters we wanted to see more of. Now what will happen to Matthew Morrison, where will his character end up?

  6. DavidSask says:

    None and I mean NONE of the new cast should be able to go to NY they are all weak- sauce and you all still watching know its true so don’t fn’ lie!!

  7. CK says:

    So this probably means that Tina is gone, right? They barely gave her anything to do after Rachelle left. I doubt they would write her a proper NY storyline. In terms of Lima characters that I want to move over: Blaine, just to end Klaine once and for all. Sam. Ryder (just for the eye candy), Jane and Marley’s mom (the only new character that I liked.). I would love to see Emma, but she would probably bring Mr. Shue along and I’m just unsure about Unique. It’s like a double edge sword. Yay, some trans-representation on broadcast T.V., but the glee writers are just awful at writing lgbt characters. You literally have to go through an arc were you are a bully (Satana/Karosky (sp?)) or a obsessed with some straight guy (Unique&Ryder/Kurt&Finn/Blaine&Sam). I would love someone whose vocal style is R&B though so maybe S1/2 Mercedes before they started trashing her character.

  8. Kalee says:

    We know Emma will be saying goodbye (along with Will probably for a good chunk) and Sue is confirmed to be in capacity for later. We’ll be saying adios to the newbies but outside of Becky, there’s only 4 graduating characters left (Artie, Tina, Blaine, and Sam). Are they telling us basically only Tina is not going forward with New York since everyone else (maybe besides Sam) has something concrete lined up with New York? If so, what a damn shame. Kurt is better off without Blaine’s hogging presence and Blaine is better off no longer in every single episode. If Santana can get into New York without a purpose or care in the world, so could Sam and Tina.

  9. Lydia says:

    So basically Glee will still be a badly written show, but at least the focus will be back on characters I can tolerate? That’s better than nothing I guess.

  10. Fernanda says:

    I hope it turns into GLEE NY with more of Santana, Rachel and Kurt, I don’t want to see BLEE NY or BLAM NY show… more KLAINE.. no more BLAM.
    ****
    I think this is all about the low ratings but the newbies don’t have the fault, it was the writing, for instance, the graduation would have been last year on may, this long long spring was so painful to watch, of course Cory’s death changed everything but I will avoid the stupid plot of a Katy or a Gaga

  11. b says:

    Kurt and Blaine.Blaine made Kurt more likable. He’s good looking, he can act, and he can sing. With the tragic passing of Corey Klaine became the shows it couple, the love story of the series. The rest of the series should follow Klaine’s relationship and Rachel’s Broadway debut.

    • jazzcolfer says:

      Except Kurt was an iconic character way before Blaine came on the show. Kurt was and remains one of the fans favorites because Chris gave him all the likeability, talent, he needed. That’s why Chris Colfer won the PCA and made it into College textbook, not blaine, not even the show itself. Praise blaine, but please, don’t compare him to Kurt because blaine will most definitely lose.

    • nope says:

      Kurt was 10000 more interesting before Blaine. Now Blaine sings to Kurt and Kurt watches wow how great. .

  12. kd83954 says:

    i am so excited!! the majority of everyone’s complaint about NYC is that it hasn’t been built up, that it’s lacking compared to lima. which, i mean, makes sense considering glee has built up lima for 3 seasons! i’m so so SO excited for this. i have this fantasy that sam, artie, and mercedes live in the loft across from rachel, kurt, santana, and blaine, and it’s a very friends-esque set-up with them going back and forth from each other’s places. the diner can then be the “coffee house” where they all work and sing. AND GUH I AM SO EXCITED.

  13. Andrew Hass says:

    I’m going to keep an open mind about this for now.Plus i’m sure for any characters that don’t appear next season the show will wrap up their stories in some way before this season is over.Plus now the characters will all be in one place.

  14. Sigh says:

    Keep Artie (film school), Sam (modelling) and Blaine (NYADA) in NY. Kitty could move there too to be close to Artie and room with Unique in an odd-couple kind of vibe. Dump the entire rest of the cast, including Shu & Sue. There is no place for them anymore that wouldn’t be beyond contrived.

  15. Maybelline Cohen-Chang says:

    All of the debate on here is part of the reason the NY/OH split hasn’t worked. None of the 2nd string characters (Artie, Tina, Blaine, Sam, Kitty, Marley, etc) has the fanbase that the originals (Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Santana, Mercedes) had. The 2nd string has their followers but the show must focus on the latter group if it wants to survive. Given how Ryan Murphy destroys his shows after season one (Popular, Nip/Tuck, and now AHS) Glee really went into season 2 with that huge handicap. Glee did a fantastic job of casting season ONE, but after that, it was all down hill. The storylines and writing were horrible from Season one on. This is like using a spoon to bail water out of a sinking ship…but it’s the only chance it has.

  16. dude says:

    I know I’m like the only one but…I’m really going to miss Marley :(

    • Lisa says:

      Marley is okay. She’d have been better off being compared less to Lea Michele’s Rachel. Also, they left her with Jake for too long. I never saw much chemistry between Jake and Marley but it was always there between Marley and Ryder.

    • boring says:

      Yes you are then only one except maybe her family.

  17. Caro says:

    Please no Sue! There is no reason to bring her to NYC! Plus, she is a single mother with a special needs child who has been working in Education so how could she afford NYC? Sue doesn’t sing or dance and she doesn’t know talent. Plus, her snarkiness has gotten old! I liked Jane Lynch on the earlier Glee eps and adored her on Two and a Half Men but it’s time for her to go!

  18. Caro says:

    I’d like to see Puck come back full time but it doesn’t make sense for Mercedes to be on. She’s not a Broadway performer or a model. For acting and singing LA is better so Mercedes should stay where she is unless Glee wants to hire a token black person!

    • jazzcolfer says:

      Please, read before you type. If you don’t care for Mercedes, say so, don’t talk about “token black person” to prove whatever point you’re trying to prove.

    • EndOfTime says:

      It doesn’t make sense for Mercedes to pursue her music career in the “City of Music” ?Where all the huge music label and producers are?? Really??
      and very smart of you for that unnecessary racist comment smh

    • Guest001 says:

      Yeah, cause it’s not like they have record companies or piano bars in NYC. I guess every single person in the city is a BROADWAY STAR! of the white persuasion. Somebody better tell Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson they don’t belong in NYC.

  19. Caro says:

    I can see Schue moving to NYC. Given how exclusive NYADA is he probably holds some kind of record for most former students admitted to the school which means he’d be a shoo in (no pun intended) for a teaching job there. Maybe he could take Cassandra July’s place while she is in rehab. Or I’ve read that April is back for the 100th episode so maybe she will offer Will another job on “the Broadway” and he’ll decide he needs to pursue his dream and take the part. Emma will decide they want they different things and NYC would be too dirty for her anyway so they will split leaving Will to be single and free in Manhattan. Idina Menzel is committed to a new Broadway show or it would be nice to see she and Will get together!

  20. David says:

    I am very happy both Blaine and Sam are moving to NY.
    I can not understand the haters who are constantly saying they will ruin the NY side, stop being so damn selfish… a lot of people actually like Blaine and Sam and i always wanted to see them living together in a small NYappartment (it will be like watching Chandler and Joey) the 2 characters are very different actually Blaine the super tighty committed boyfriend and Sam the slob who brings home a girl every other week and earns money singing at restaurantbars or something.
    I’m exited for it to happen now!

  21. Kristina says:

    Thrilled they’re moving it fully to New York, but isn’t it time for both Will and Sue to go? Love both the actors and would like to see them both in other projects, but neither of them really serves the stories and their characters are downright unlikeable for the most part. Let ‘em go!

  22. Bob says:

    “And that means the show will be saying goodbye”. Wish they had ended the sentence right there. Who cares about NYC. Scrap season 6 and cancel this drek now.

  23. Wish the creator of Glee would let Jane Lynch out of his tentacles for a week or a month…

    Criminal Minds fans miss her as Diana Reid, and we are dying to get to the bottom of her son’s headaches. It’s been promised and as of yet has not been resolved, yet another thing that Messer messed up on. I for one would have been happy if this was Glee’s last year.

    • Angela says:

      YES to having her back on “Criminal Minds”. I’m all for that happening, whether they address the headache issue or not.

  24. Katie says:

    Hope its going to get better when they move because this season hasn’t been doing too well

  25. Jen says:

    So happy for the move to NY. I also like how this is most commented story by supposed people who don’t like the show and complain (but you know it’s their guilty pleasure!)

  26. kpmom says:

    When Rachel and Kurt graduated, they should have spun off a whole new show about them at NYADA in NY. They could have introduced new characters, like other students at Nyada and other people living in Rachel and Kurt’s building. (Do they even have neighbors?) Santana was a fun addition and it makes sense she would wind up in NY after dropping out of college, but everyone else I don’t believe. I don’t get Sam going to NY. He is clearly more suited for LA. I don’t believe Blaine would follow Kurt. Maybe he would wind up there on his own, but I don’t believe the Blaine and Kurt engagement should have ever happened. Kurt would have met so many amazing guys in NY by now and he would have realized that his first love was nice but is in the past. It’s not often that you stay with your high school sweetheart when you go to college. Yes, it happens for some people, but they’re the exception, not the rule. The norm is you move on. You grow up. I could totally see Puck living in NY and driving a cab. Right? They should bring him on and stop it there. The rest could just make cameo appearances like Quinn or Mercedes in NY for a long weekend visit or something. That is a show I would enjoy again.

    As for Sue, Will, Emma, Beist, etc., they would continue Glee back in Lima. New students, new music, new lessons to be learned … Or … just end it. But the adults should NOT be sent to NY for any reason. It’s stupid. I love Jane Lynch but c’mon.

    • Gabriella Montez says:

      I agree with some of what you said but not every thing..especially not the part about klaine…I’m not being biased because they’re my favorite couple…this is about real life experience. Kurt and Blaine are both independent people. If they had to…they could live without each other and still be best friends because that the connection that they have…but they love each other more than just settling for best friends…if thats the case…if Kurt truly felt that they were a high school romance only, he would have said no to Blaine’s proposal. Kurt is the type of person to think carefully about all of his choices and he would never let anyone dictate his decisions. Although he did think they were a bit too young for marriage…he loves Blaine and knows that in the end everything would be okay because they have such a strong connection. Blaine has helped Kurt in a way that no one else has, not even his dad and kurt has done the same for Blaine. They both have insecurities but help each other through it and in turn, they’ve both matured and become better people because of it. Many people may think that Blaine cheating on kurt will come back and haunt them in the future but I disagree.. Once a cheater is not always a cheater…based on the personality that Blaine had before he cheated…something like that would never have happened…like he said…he’s bad at romance and he’s never had a boyfriend before besides kurt…he wouldn’t just jump into bed with someone just to laid…he let his insecurities and doubts get the best of him and that lend him to cheating…all the blame can’t go to Blaine because kurt is at fault too. In some relationships…there no such thing as the blame being 100% on the cheater. No one said kurt couldn’t have a life outside of Blaine but he started ignoring Blaine’s phone calls and making theirs skype dates all about himself…if he took the time to listen about what’s going on in Blaine’s life…Blaine wouldn’t have felt so desperate to get the warmth he normally gets from kurt somewhere else..anyway…sorry for the long rant….I just think that Blaine and Kurt have been through enough together….and been without each other so a good period of time…to know in their hearts that what they truly want is to be with each other…..hopefully Ryan Murphy doesn’t try to change that. :)

  27. Gabriella Montez says:

    It’s so sad that a lot of you are talking about Blee/ Blam taking over NY. First off I didn’t care much about Blam but I’m not opposed to it…but the main thing that doesn’t make sense is Blee. Blaine is a great character and I really don’t know why people are hating on him so much…he gets less screen time than Rachel did the first few seasons and I don’t hear people hating on her so much..also this can’t possibly be about his cheating on Kurt because Rachel has cheated on Finn with Puck and on Brody with Finn. Also..if you guys pay attention to as much of the show as you think you do…you won’t know that Kurt and Blaine are engaged so obviously…there will be a Blaine in New York. I never cared much for the new characters..I always thought they were boring except for Kitty. I’m for New York all the way and hopefully…a lot more appearances from the old cast….anyway…KLAINE FOREVER!!!!!!

  28. cindy says:

    When does Glee return to tv line up?

  29. John says:

    I miss Mike Chang…….

  30. Jen says:

    Im a big time fan of glee and watched it from the very beginning.. back when rachel talked to herself in the mirror about what a huge star she was going to be lol.. this show and these characters grew on us.. grew on me.. i think we can all say that the show dedinitely has changed.. but these characters have to mature and grow.. and sometimes change is hard.. people may also agree that since the passing of one of glees biggest stars its so hard to watch.. we all remember finchel and the love they had which made us wait in anticipation for every episode to see what crazy thing rachel would do to keep her man lol.. then she became a more stronger woman in new york.. gaining a confidence we could all want lol.. i think foe aome people ots hard to move past the fact that we will never see a rekindling of finn and rachels romance … but to me it doesnt kill the show.. just means there is room foe change.. i wish all the stars were staying.. the newbies as well. Id love to see what happens between quinn and puckerman.. sucks that thw newbies have to go. I really loved the romance of jake and marley and maybe even the thought of ryder and marley..i feel like they all are a huge part of the show.. yes the originals i want to stay but to see new faces is always good.. especially when they are such embracing characters.. i love unique.. shes different.. shes inspirational.. i would have also loved to see them pay homage to finn again.. a goodbye to the glee club should have inclided him… like puck or sam or all the glee guys singing a song he sung in a past episode.. also disappointed that the newbies didnt really go out with a bang.. i feel like they should have been included.. the old cast who were in new york and even mercedez and britt and puck and quinm.. like none of them even acknowledged those newbies in the 100th episode.. would have been nice to see them all come together.. maybe a duet with rachel and marley would have been great.. or even kurt and ryder… or even the puckerman bros.. i wanted to see something different that would make us all sit back and say… whaaaaat????? Lol… hopefully while in new york they will mention the heart of the show (finn).. wherever glee gos he will follow.. when he passed a part of the show that made it special died with him…#gleek#forever#always#ripcory

  31. elf says:

    I loved Marley so much. I miss that whole gang, aside from the NY aspect, it was a great season. But now? Well now it’s only about Rachel and Kurt and Mercedes and Sam who have all become soooo bad. I only still watch glee because there’s nothing else decent on Tuesdays but wow – BRING THE MARLEY GANG BACK. Pleasepleasepleaseplease.

  32. T says:

    Glee NY sucks. All they do is whine about how horrible their lives are. It used to be a cute, campy, entertainig show. Now, I can’t stand warching any of them anymore. They should have stayed in Lima. Click.

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  34. Rose says:

    I remember was glee’s pilot aired. it was a great idea for a show, and it got through a couple of seasons with great ratings. But now, talking about glee feels so distant. I used to anticipate every new episode. But now? I don’t. Ever since Rachel and the others moved to New York everything’s felt off. Then the gleeks had to deal with the two scenario thing (New York and High School). Now Ryan is going back to only one scenario, and he’s decided to leave it in New York. I know some of you did not like the new characters, but we can all agree that that was what Glee was supposed to be about. High school. The whole show made me mad and I went from loving it to hating it. What made me even angrier was Quinn. I don’t care if she tried to steal Finn away from Rachel. I loved her character, yet she has only made one appearance since leaving high school. And you know what? I would’ve rather seen how Quinn’s life turned out them Rachel’s. Rachel’s was so cliche. Small town girl makes it to broadway. Not to mention Rachel got almost every solo. It pissed me off. Quinn’s life would’ve been WAYY interesting. I mean, a cheerleader who got pregnant yet STILL managed to get into Yale? that’s definitely something. many of you will probably agree with me but I don’t care. I know for sure we can all agree that Glee has lost its spark.

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