Ryan Murphy not only has a firm grasp of exactly how Glee will end, he also knows which two characters will be in the “powerful and moving” final scene.
That was but one of the revealing takeaways from an intimate, Glee-centric Q&A the show’s exec producer conducted with a few select outlets (TVLine included) on Monday.In addition to previewing this season’s five remaining Big Apple-set episodes (including this week’s highly enjoyable outing, “Tested”), Murphy opened up about the big idea he and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are cooking up for Season 6′s 24-episode farewell, which cast members will be invited to participate, and whether we have seen the last of McKinley High.
Murphy also spoke candidly about the “painful” internal conversations surrounding Rachel’s romantic future — a topic that’s touched on in tonight’s episode.
“Because Blaine started at a different school, my first performance on the stage was actually a makeshift rehearsal because our main rehearsal space was being used. I was vaguely familiar with the show, but I knew all about that stage. None of the actors playing The Warblers knew one another, I didn’t know anyone who worked here, so they had us do this very simple step-touch move because I was a new character and they didn’t know if I could dance. I’m, like, a C-minus dancer, so this was about the most intense they were going to give me.
So I’m doing this step-touch with all these other guys, who are also singers, not dancers, and then Adam Shankman walks in, who was prepping to direct the next episode, and I was like, Goddamnit! Of all the people to walk in right now, it’s the dance guy. I remember that very well, and he does too — he’s sure to remind me of how bad a dancer I was. But it worked out in the end because no one filmed that rehearsal. They filmed us in the blazers, and they edited it so well, and it changed my life.”—Darren Criss on Teenage Dream (BuzzFeed.com)
McKinley High will once and for all say farewell to New Directions on Tuesday when Glee's two-part 100th episode closes the doors on its Ohio-set story line for the season.
"Knowing where you’re going to end up is one of the best creative tools," co-creator/EP Ian Brennan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel a creative renewal among us, not only changing locations but also seeing these characters as adults. They’re half kids and half adults and that’s the dynamic of what it feels like to leave the nest. That has been really exciting this season and we’ll get more and more exciting as we move into season six.”
As part of Glee's move East, Brennan says the goal for season six is to bring the show back to its roots. “The more familiar faces, the better we're going to be able to tell that last season of the story,” he notes. “Everybody is everywhere, which is crazy and it's good because everyone is successful and it's a sign of a good show. I want all of them around all the time and to never leave.”
Meanwhile, the show is still debating whether it’s too soon to give star Lea Michele's Rachel Berry a new love interest after the passing of Cory Monteith and his alter-ego, Finn Hudson. “It’s tricky. I still think that’s in flux,” Brennan says. “We know the direction we want to take it but it’s going to be a growing concern feeling that out as to when that’s appropriate, whether that is even germane. We were just talking about how Finn and Rachel is the closest relationship on the show and that remains even after Cory and Finn’s death. That’s heavy on our hearts all the time and it’s important to keep that central to not only the character, but the show. What you do on the outskirts of that is fine but it always have to do service to that relationship.”
To celebrate the show’s big achievement, The Hollywood Reporter hit the red carpet at Glee's 100-episode party in Hollywood to quiz the cast on their favorite milestones and preview what's ahead when the Fox musical shifts its focus to New York.
“[I]t’s all about rounding out the Anderson family after the Fox musical enlisted White Collar’s Matt Bomer to play Blaine’s older brother, Cooper Anderson. “I would love to meet Blaine’s parents. They’ve alluded to Blaine having some kind of daddy issues and it would be cool to see that. … Blaine has been like five different characters so I’d like to have a parental story arc to understand why that happened.””—Darren Criss [x] (via princewarblersteenagedream)