Ryan Murphy taking ‘Glee’ in new directions for season 3

Glee” executive producer Ryan Murphy promises he will put Emmy champ Jane Lynch front and center in the upcoming third season of the hit FOX comedy. And Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer is to get an uplifting storyline as some of the characters prepare to graduate from high school. Whether the likes of Colfer and Lea Michele will get their own spin-off show is still up in the air.

What is known is that the third season of “Glee” will showcase the winner of Oxygen’s “The Glee Project,” where Murphy pulls double duty as judge and producer. He told EW, “The person that we found is so perfect. I think the person is going to be a huge star in the tradition of Lea Michele and Darren Criss and Chris Colfer.” Murphy plans on siccing the cynical Sue Sylvester on this new cast member in a season-long arc.

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Murphy, along with co-creators Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk, handled scripting for all 45 episodes in the first two seasons of “Glee.” Six new scribes have jointed them in the writers room, including “Mad Men” alum Marti Noxon and “Chuck” co-exec Allison Adler. As Murphy told THR, “The great thing about season three is we’re writing toward something. There is a conclusion, which is great for a writer. We literally just started. So I don’t know for sure what will happen with those characters I love and everybody else has loved.”

What Murphy does know is that there will be less singing on “Glee” compared to season two. “Some episodes we had six songs, some episodes we had 10, which I thought was too many. I think we’ll probably end up trying to do four which seems right to me.” And there will be only one special tribute episode next year but it will be extra special.

Beyond this, Murphy says, “I’m really interested in seeing Rachel’s gay dads whom we’ve never met. I’ve said that I don’t want to do that. But maybe now is the time to do it. Also, we want to give Chris Colfer a really fun uplifting story line after the heaviness of last year.”


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