A few days ago, star of hit-musical show, Glee, Lea Michele posted a photo on Twitter of the Glee Season 5 photo shoot. As you can see: Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin Mchale (Artie), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Jacob Artist (Jake), Melissa Benoist (Marley), Blake Jenner (Ryder), Becca Tobin (Kitty) and Alex Newell (Unique) were all present for the shoot.
Darren Criss (Blaine), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schue) were also supposed to be at the shoot, however Criss was busy occupying thousands of fans as his summer tour across North America was coming to an end; whilst Morrison was away in London, promoting his new album ‘Where It All Began’ whilst also getting engaged to girlfriend of two years, Renee. Lynch is currently away on Broadway playing the role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Tony nominated, Annie.
This comes after news that Heather Morris (Brittany), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Mark Salling (Puck) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) would not be returning to the show as series regulars. This news kind of makes sense seeing as Puck, Mercedes and Mike had all graduated and were hardly seen in the recently aired, season 4. Morris however, is pregnant with her baby due September, so this is no surprise that she and her fellow three cast-mates have been contracted as ‘Guest Stars’ for the fifth season. Dianna Agron who plays Quinn hasn’t been mentioned contract wise, but has reported saying she’d come back if they wanted her, i.e. also a guest star role, seeing as she is busy doing movies now. ‘The Family’ slated for release this year, being her latest work.
The ‘newbies’ have swapped places with them and been promoted to ‘series regulars’ seeing as they basically had all the screen time last season, it makes sense.
FOX did renew Glee for two more seasons, so you never know, all these changes in the contracts may change again next season seeing as no details as to the length of each contract has been revealed.
Glee returns to FOX on Thursday 19th September at 9pm.