another cast change for its upcoming fifth season, and it involves
dropping four of the original stars as series regular. According to TVLine
, Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and Harry Shum Jr. are all being cut as series regular for Glee
The news is hardly a surprise. Morris' Brittany had a big send-off in the season 4 finale, and combined with the actress' real-life pregnancy, it seemed obvious she was leaving the show. As for Salling, Riley and Shum, they all saw their roles greatly diminished in season 4, each appearing in only eight of the 22 episodes. The fact that they were credited as series regulars while people like Melissa Benoist and Jacob Artist (who both appeared in every single season 4 episode) were guest stars seemed odd.
Obviously the door is still open for them all to have guest appearances in future episodes. It's the same thing that happened to Dianna Agron last year. She was bumped down from series regular to recurring guest star but still showed up for three episodes.
The cast change for Glee
season 5 might also tell us something about Finn's storyline. Since Puck is his college roommate and Salling will no longer be a series regular, does this mean Finn will leave college as abruptly as he started it so he can move to New York and be with Rachel? Or will they just explain Puck's absence by saying a movie studio bought his screenplay and they're turning it into a movie?
Whatever the case, it's for the best that Glee
is trimming down its cast a bit. Between New Directions and New York, there's already more than enough story to go around.Glee
season 5 premieres Thursday, September 19 at 9pm on FOX.
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