When Glee starts production on its final season later this summer, Naya Rivera’s name will be on the call sheet.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Santana’s portrayer — who dodged rumors this spring that her days on the show were numbered — is returning for Season 6.
The small-ish catch: Rivera will be billed as a recurring guest star and not as a series regular — a change I’m told she requested (and the producers honored).
Keep in mind, many a Glee vet has seen his or her contract status tweaked over the years and still maintained an active presence on the show (see also: Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., etc.).
Rivera’s rep could not be reached, while a Glee spokesperson declined to comment.
Last month, series cocreator Ryan Murphy told TVLine that Glee will return to its central conceit in Season 6.
“We’re working on the last season now, and it really feels like it’s getting back to its roots, which I love,” he shared. “I’m sort of reinvigorated about it. It’s getting back to what I was initially interested in with the show, which was arts in school. The last season is really about the importance of arts education in our high schools… I think people will like it.”
Fox has yet to announce a premiere date for Glee‘s (likely abbreviated) final season.