The new kids of Glee
are sticking around for season 5. Following the demotion of four original series regulars
, now come reports that five of the newbies introduced over the past two seasons are being promoted.
Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), and The Glee Project
contestants Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique) are all getting bumped up to series regular status. It's hard much of a surprise. Benoist and Artist appeared in every single season 4 episode, Tobin was in 20 out of 22 while Newell and Jenner were both in 18. That's more season 4 episodes than Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith or Naya Rivera.
The news definitely says that Glee
season 5 will continue to focus heavily on New Directions, most likely with the conclusion of the school year from season 4 that ended with the club winning Regionals.
Perhaps the most telling part is the addition of Blake Jenner. Ryder ended season 4 by announcing that he would not be returning to New Directions after Regionals due to his being furious over Unique catfishing him. Clearly he's going to reverse that decision, and with Newell as a series regular as well, a potential Ryder/Unique romance seems almost inevitable at this point. Because Glee
is the kind of show where a heterosexual jock who was once molested by his female babysitter would be open to dating a large transgendered teenager.
I find it kind of amusing that Newell is being promoted to a series regular despite being a runner-up on The Glee Project
season 1, while the two winners, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen, didn't get the same love. Obviously winning didn't matter that much.
This quintet of newbies will fill the void left by Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), who are all leaving the show as series regulars.
In somewhat related news, Glee
star Jayma Mays (Emma) has landed a regular role on the new fall CBS sitcom The Millers
, where she'll play Will Arnett's sister. Since Mays will be on a new show this fall, it probably means we won't be seeing a whole lot of Will's wife. She joins a growing list of prominent Glee guest stars landing new comedies next season, including Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) on NBC's Welcome to the Family
and Vanessa Lengies (Sugar) on ABC's mid-season comedy Mixology
season 5 premieres Thursday, September 19 at 9pm on FOX.
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