Some high school-based TV shows manage to keep their characters in school for years, which we all know isn’t very realistic. That’s why Glee creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that many of his original characters will be graduating in May 2012, and that he’ll be introducing a new set of singing and dancing students to take their place. In the US there’s a program on the Oxygen Network called The Glee Project, which is a reality competition show where the talented winner has the chance to have a seven-episode arc on the third season of Glee. This is where Ryan hopes to find his new stars.
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Ryan Murphy told Ryan Seacrest, “The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.” He hasn’t ruled out a series that follows the original cast into the next phases of their lives, but we’ll probably be needing tissues for a sweet graduation episode. I wonder if they’ll sing “Graduation” by Vitamin C?