Obviously, the recent death of star Cory Monteith is a factor in any discussion about the future of “Glee,” but that might not be the main reason that “Glee” has an apparent end date. Reilly addressed the issue when talking to reporters at the 2013 TCA press tour and cited story reasons as the main motivation. “I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons,” Reilly explained. “Never say never, but there’s two very clear arcs to get to there and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout, who knows? But right now, we’re thinking two seasons.”
If done right, two more seasons would be just about enough to graduate the current batch of high-school singers, while the older kids can get their careers going. The chance of more breakout stars at this point seems much less likely.
The upcoming Season 5 will still be greatly affected by the loss of Monteith, with two episodes bringing back overall plots before facing the death of the Finn character in episode 3.
There probably will not be any major cast additions in such a short run (the rest of Season 5 will return at an unspecified date, probably in 2014). There are, however, a few supporting roles that fans can expect to see when “Glee” returns. TVLine published a list of five parts being cast for the first couple of episodes:
- Roderick Easton (recurring) — a talented and theatrical man in his 40s who has a big ego
- Jim Elliott (recurring) — another man in his 40s (or 50s), handsome and academic
- Jurgen (recurring) — a German or Austrian fellow of the same age as the previous two
- School Board Member — no gender specified but in his or her 40s
- Nerdy Girl — about 18
Obviously, these characters don’t tell us much. But it is a positive sign for “Glee” that casting is moving forward after so much trauma.