This weekend marked the beginning of the press tour for the Television Critic’s Association. Reiterating what was said at Comic-Con, new actors will be arriving on n the show, while many of the current actors will be given limited screen time. The way that the upcoming season and its multiple story lines will be handled (Rachel in New York, Finn in the army, the new students at McKinley) has been a subject of some confusion, but Fox president Kevin Reilly seems pleased with how the new scripts are shaping up.
“I’ve read first three scripts and I’m very happy with how seamless [the transition] is. There’s going to be thematic linkages between the two,” he says, referring to the link between stories in New York and Ohio. He follows that, “Although we’ve not severed any relationships, we obviously won’t be servicing that large a tapestry of characters. We have characters in New York, Ohio, fresh faces in Ohio.”
He says the new model of the show is based in reality, and how the cycle of kids in high school is ever-changing. “To mirror real life, people leave and new faces come in. Just as in real life, people tend not to stray too far away from [home.] They go away but they come back for holidays and reunions. Because we have good relationships with all the actors, the idea is to keep that relationship where it can be fluid and fun for the audience who’s going to show up when.”
As for how much time will be spent in each location, nearly half of each episode will be spent in New York and half in Ohio. Are you looking forward to the model of the new season?