Glee: Meet the Season 6 Newbies!

The original Glee kids may be back in Lima, OH for the show’s sixth and final season (kicking off Jan. 9, at 8/7c on Fox), but Rachel, Kurt, Blaine and Sam are all a little long in the tooth for have all aged out of the high-school show-choir demographic.

With the musical comedy going back to its roots for its final 13 episodes, however, the show’s writers are introducing a quintet of new kids to pick up the New Directions banner (and bring a little teenage angst to the proceedings).

While Fox has yet to officially confirm the names of the actors who’ve signed on for the roles that TVLine first reported back in August, the news has leaked thanks to the magic of Facebook, Twitter and local news media interviews.

TVLine did a little digging to get some intel on the Season 6 newbies, so check out our gallery below for your first look at Roderick, Spencer, Jane, Mason and Madison, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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80 Comments
  1. Christy says:

    That’s what Glee was missing. A ton of new characters we don’t know or care about. Sounds like a fantastic way to say goodbye to characters we’ve loved for 6 seasons. And in a short season! Even better. -_-;

    • KC says:

      From what we know from spoilers, they are merely props for a few episodes. (Thank goodness)

      • Christy says:

        Oh, phew! I’ve missed all the spoilers thus far, but I think I’ll go investigate now.

      • Hm. says:

        Props who are singing more than the original characters. So no, not quite props.

        • bastian says:

          No. I really don’t know where you got your information but that’s a damn dirty lie and I’m pretty sure you know that, but in an attempt to get people to not watch the show you’re going to spread misinformation because if you can’t like the show then nobody else can. MJ’s spoiler blog is available for anybody that would actually like to know the truth.

      • Esteban says:

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      • blahdcl says:

        Except they are taking up songs. Max George The VA guy has 3 solos by episode 4.

    • Shazay says:

      What about Kitty? She was the only newbie I liked, they should bring her back for one episode at least.

  2. KC says:

    Wow – they really had to go to the bottom of the barrel didn’t they? They don’t look high school at all – they all look at least 30! Good thing they are really only there to support the originals.

  3. 13 episodes and we have new newbies hell might as well kept the old ones and bumped them down to recurring.

  4. Tony says:

    Honestly, I enjoyed the last group of kids (Marley, Jake, Unique). Hopefully, we get to see them as well before the end

    • Nana3 says:

      Same here. Why don’t they keep them and expand their storylines like they did with those before them. Now we have to get used to new characters. Don’t like this. I will still watch the season.

    • bored now says:

      They were boring especially Marley.

    • jorgeo says:

      I would have kept all except for jake, who was probably the most uninteresting character i have seen on glee. marley is a close second, but she was a talented singer though, and i think a realistic character. Get real, people, the newbies from 4 were not the originals, but they are not supposed to be. They are their own characters, and in many ways, ryder was a better singer than most of the original glee guys. Just, no jake. Sorry, he was a total bore

  5. Celyn says:

    Where did the other choir kids (Marley, Jake…etc) go? Are they going to still be on the show?

    • ScottJ says:

      There hasn’t been any mention of them anywhere that I’ve seen. I thought I saw Jake in the background of a publicity shot somewhere but I haven’t been able to track it down again.

    • bastian says:

      Not necessarily. As the spoilers indicate, Sue made all of them besides Kitty, her star Cheerio, transfer. Kitty’s back as of the second episode and has some focus in the following episodes, she’s probably back in New Direction. Unique is back for just the seventh episode for now but nothing about Marley, Jake or Ryder, though Jake Artist apparently told a fan that he knew he’d be back.

    • Jeffy says:

      They bored themselves to death.

  6. bastian says:

    Honestly I like them more than the last few, save Unique and Kitty. Where the old ones lost it for me was that their characters were carbon copies of the recently graduated, these guys seem much more original to me. Besides, they’re merely going to be used as talking props anyways.

    • Lauren says:

      Sorry but I think they should Have keep jacob artist instead. Puck’s brother. Dude was a pure talent And I kind of liked his character.

  7. JG says:

    With Kurt and Rachel going up against Sue to start the Glee Club again, they needed some bodies in the room who were high school students. Choices don’t seem too bad. But, like others have mentioned…where are Marley and Jake and Unique and Kitty? If none of them are returning, it does make me wonder how much time has passed since the last season. I do feel a little cheated that we’re only getting 13 episodes. I hate when a series “rushes” to tie up all the loose ends before the finale…and keep it fresh at the same time.

    • Riana says:

      Considering they’re all a bunch of people without a major production credit in America), the choices seem pretty bad.

      • JG says:

        Think about the first season cast. Most of them really didn’t have much experience, either.

        • Riana says:

          Not true: the adult cast was made of semi-famous actors and both Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron had been appearing in smaller roles on established shows for years.

          Also you need something to attract new viewers when ratings start to fall. Last season it looked like they finally got casting right but both Adam and especially Demi were underused and completely gone by the full shift to New York.

          • bad actor says:

            Funny cause Dianna is one of the weaker actors on the show. Sad how mediocre talent and a pretty face gets you roles.

    • 'A' Has Spoken says:

      According to spoilers, Sue forced the other batch of kids to transfer schools after disbanding the Glee club (save Kitty, who is still a Cheerio and at McKinley). They are ll seniors in high school now. Kitty will be appearing an multiple episodes in season 6 (and has a little focus) while Unique will be appearing in episode 7 (an episode said to be very positive and focused on Coach Beiste). Jacob Artist has said he knew Jake would be back but doesn’t know when (only 3 episodes left to film so….) So he, Melissa Benoist (Marley), and Blake Jenner (Ryder) are unaccounted for as of now. In my opinion, I don’t think Melissa and Blake will return. Melissa did seem pretty mad about the terrible treatment the “old newbies” faced during season 5. So I wouldn’t hold my breath on her or Blake coming back (since they are engaged and all..)

      • she sucked says:

        Maybe if she wasn’t so bland on screen as Marley should would have been back.

        • dudette says:

          Blame the “writers” not the actors. They can only say what’s in the script.

          • notexempt says:

            The actor has some responsibility in that too. Look at Santana and Sugar they didn’t get much at first and they still gave their characters some life. All the cast has had bad writing yet not all the characters are as totally boring and useless as Marley.

          • Mike says:

            Hmmm jacob character And becca tobin character were supposed to be te ones everyone supposed to hate because you know they both ended hurting “flawless marley” And ryder is supposed to be they guy all the girl are rooting for… But TBH most of the fandoms were more into characters like kitty or jake… So No, the actors Have a responsability in it.

      • Harry says:

        No, she was pretty mad After her private PICTURE went out. Then she Never talk to a single actor of glee besides her fiancé. And How awkward they used they show to do blake Jenner’s movie, the production, artist Make up, promo to give money…but now its done they seems to don’t give a sh*t about the show or their dans. Blake seems to forgot he’s a bit famous all because of glee.

  8. K says:

    Less newbies, I liked Jake and Kitty and even Unique. Focus on them. Not a bunch of random people who will be taking time away from the interesting characters.

  9. dude says:

    I love the casting for Jane because when I read the cast breakdown for her earlier this year, I pictured a white girl. It’s always nice to see diverse casting choices that seem to be more than just “the black girl” (*cough*Mercedes*cough*)

    • Dudette says:

      They describe her as “unconventionally pretty” and this girl looks standard pretty. So what’s so “unconventional” about her? I pictured a dwarf or albino or something. They’ll probably make her wear glasses which is Hollywood shorthand for “ugly”.

      Agree that these people look old.

      • CK says:

        They are going by Allessandra Stanley’s definition of unconventionally pretty so dark skinned, African American a la Viola Davis.

      • true says:

        They described Rachel as unconventionally pretty too. So in other words if you aren’t blond and generic like Dianna Agron you fall into the unconventionally pretty role.

  10. Riana says:

    I don’t see why they can’t cast bigger names. Call it stunt casting if you will, but at least it brings viewers. It wouldn’t be so bad to raid Disney for a few people or maybe a former American Idol/Voice/X Factor contestant. Bring in people that viewers want to see.

  11. Zenobia Jackson says:

    They don’t look any less “long-in-the-tooth” than the other cast members. Why not just give the screen time to the original cast?

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  13. Lon says:

    I think they all look older than Kurt and Rachel when they dress her young.

  14. blahblee says:

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  15. Jennifer says:

    They look old enough to play the parents of high school students. What went wrong?

  16. 'A' Has Spoken says:

    Some of you clearly don’t understand what season 6 is about. They NEED Glee clubbers in the room since that’s where the story arc will focus on for most of the season. Yes, it would have been better to keep the other ones in the show but clearly the writers and producers screwed that up. I mea, at least we will be able to see Kitty in at least 6-8 episodes next season and have Unique return for at least 1 or 2. Not too sure about the other three though. But yeah, I’m excited to see these “new Newbies” haha. And just an FYI, they are NOT getting too much focus. They are like flavor characters to Rachel’s storyline. Yes, they’ll be able to sing but not much. Just wait until the season premieres to make your judgments.

    • they already sing to much says:

      Well we already know that the VA guy has 3 solos by episode 4. Jane has a sole, Roderick has a solo. The only regular to have a solo in the first 4 episodes is Rachel.

  17. 'A' Has Spoken says:

    Some of you clearly don’t understand what season 6 is about. They NEED Glee clubbers in the room since that’s where the story arc will focus on for most of the season. Yes, it would have been better to keep the other ones in the show but clearly the writers and producers screwed that up. I mea, at least we will be able to see Kitty in at least 6-8 episodes next season and have Unique return for at least 1 or 2. Not too sure about the other three though. But yeah, I’m excited to see these “new Newbies” haha. And just an FYI, they are NOT getting too much focus. They are like flavor characters to Rachel’s storyline. Yes, they’ll be able to sing but not much. Just wait until the season premieres to make your judgments. :D

  18. Peter says:

    Ah yes, just what we always wanted. Except not. Another bunch of nobodies, and boy, did the scrape the bottom of the barrel for these, to take up time in the very last, and cut season, instead of allowing us to say proper good byes to people we do care about. Please, don’t even try with they’re just props. We’ve all seen the song spoilers, they sing more than anyone but Rachel. They are going to suck up precious time and songs. Waste of space. No wonder Glee tanked. It’s about to be totally buried.

  19. Tracy says:

    Hate the entire premise of season 6! Rachel makes it on Broadway and then throws her dream away to work in television (doesn’t anyone else remember how she told Finn she didn’t want to work in Hollywood?) only to crash and burn and land back in Lima – this is NOT the reason we watched for 6 seasons! And for Kurt and Blaine to quit NYADA, Sam to quit modeling…POINTLESS, AWFUL and a A TERRIBLE ENDING to what used to be a great show!

    • KC says:

      Kurt did not quit NYADA, he is getting credit for coaching the Glee Club in Ohio. He’s back to win Blaine back.

      Blaine got kicked out for falling grades since he’s depressed after he and Kurt break up. Get your facts straight!

      • studid either way says:

        So what Kurt is still wasting a semester in Lima Working with professional and meeting contacts in NY is way better than whining for a ex bf and picking songs for a glee club.

  20. dudette says:

    Wonder if they’re going to forget about the “must have 12 members” rule or just fill the club with props like Matt (season 1) and the Troubletones. Too bad they didn’t shift the whole series 5-10 years in the future and make it about Schue convincing the ex-New Direction members to take a break from their fabulous lives to put on a fundraiser (or something). All the original members we care about could get an update (sorry Matt!) and they wouldn’t be stuck in stupid story lines. A kid in the best theater school in NYC doing an internship in Ohio? Ok, sure.

  21. stuntdevil28 says:

    Give Quinn her own Spinoff then I’ll be sooo happy

  22. no8 says:

    The old new kids from season 4 were carbon copys of the orginals like Jake and Puck by being a player like his brother,Marley and Rachel it felt like the was trying to make her the new Rachel but there is only one. Kitty and
    Quinn accept minus having a baby. Ryder and Finn and unique the comination of mercedes and kurt i but these new characters sound a little interesting but i hope they spent the time the most with the orignals they the reason i watch.

  23. Adam says:

    If the “old” newbies from last season were forced to transfer, as the spoilers say, they will likely still be a part of the season. Supposedly we’re seeing Will leading Vocal Adrenaline, Rachel and Kurt leading New Directions, and Blaine leading the Warblers. Max George is a Warbler, some of these “new” newbies are on New Directions, and so some of the “old” newbies are probably going to be on Vocal Adrenaline, unless some of the dudes go to Dalton to join the Warblers. Basically, I’m getting the sense that there will be a whole mess of generic students, with the focus on the rivalry among their leaders.

  24. Isabelle says:

    ’cause they REALLY look like high schoolers – NOT. As much as I love GLEE, it should have ended years ago.

  25. Connor says:

    “Rachel, Kurt, Blaine and Sam all aged out of the high-school show-choir demographic.” And yet they still expect us to believe these newbies ARE fitting the high-school show-choir demographic. All 3 look at least 25 – how about we get some, ya know, ACTUAL 17/18 year olds to play the parts?

  26. Prescillia says:

    Why ?

  27. kd86953 says:

    The cast breakdowns sound a LOT more interesting than the first batch of newbies, which were the originals 2.0. I’ve liked what I’ve read/seen/heard so far so I’m really okay with them being added.

  28. Aujuran says:

    Samantha has the chops! Was gantastic in book of mormon! This cast could be the best yet! Cant wait for new season!

  29. Cinimom says:

    I think they are all good looking but they don’t really look like high schoolers either . . I hope they give us great songs again like in the first 2 seasons!!

  30. Dany says:

    i really don’t need newbies -.-‘ they should concentrate on the old ones. it’s dumb to bring newbies in for 13 episodes or less -.-‘

  31. The new kids? they look older than me and i’m 24 :P

  32. Fernando Halim says:

    Dayum!
    the new guys r hot!!! also cute!!!

  33. I can not wait till season 6 comes out but I wish that they would keep some old characters in it more.

  34. Janie says:

    I love glee.. but I live in Ohio and it has always bugged me that the Warbler’s are in Westerville Ohio and Glee in is in Lima and they have people “jumping ship” from the westerville school to go to school in Lima… are these people driving almost 2 hours every day to go to school then? because that is the distance between westerville and Lima

  35. Jess says:

    Those are supposed to be high school kids? That one “girl” looks about 40. Thats just ridiculous…If the Disney Channel has taught us anything, its that there’s tons of actual kids out there who can sing/act, how hard could it have been for Glee to find a couple of them?

  36. Sonita says:

    PLEASE DONT LET GLEE END WITHOUT MARLEY AND JAKE GETTING BACK TOGETHER AND LOSING HER VIRGINITY TO JAKE AND THEM TELLING EACH OTHER THEY LOVE AND TRUST EACH OTHER THEN ILL BE GOOD

    • Mike says:

      Please STFU? They are not even coming back. TBH this storyline was lame but ryder was probably the most lame character here And the most creepy… So what are you even talking about?

      • Heather Fraid says:

        First of all don’t be mean he is really cute and so not creepy if u think he creepy then what does that make u huh ?

  37. disonba3 says:

    I’ve heard no word about John Malchovich’s show being renewed, the one in where he was Blackbeard, what’s up???