Goodbye Lima? Glee Plans NYC Focus After 100th Episode (UPDATED)

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What’s that in our rearview mirror?

Oh, it’s Lima, Ohio.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a main focus of Glee’s upcoming 100th episode (which has been expanded to a two-part 100th and 101st, airing March 18th and 25th) is Sue’s latest, and apparently final, dissolution of the New Directions. When she finally destroys the glee club, everyone from former members to acquaintances April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) and Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) return to say goodbye to club leader Will Schuester and reminisce.

Following the goodbyes, it appears that Glee will test run the New York-based show that has been in the works since spinoff rumors started floating around in season three:

The Fox musical will then do several consecutive episodes set in New York City, centering on Rachel (Lea Michele), Blaine (Darren Criss), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) and potentially other co-stars.

UPDATE: Fox exec Kevin Reilly confirmed at the TCA panel today that, post-graduation, Glee will be set entirely in New York for the rest of the season:

We do have GLEE through next season, and it will be the final season,” Reilly told reporters after his Press Tour session. “[GLEE creator] Ryan [Murphy]‘s pitched the arc all the way through next season. For the second half of this year, the kids will graduate. We will go to New York exclusively for the second half of the year. And then he’s got some fantastic ideas of what we’re going to do next year for the final year.

He also stated that familiar faces are expected to return in some capacity next season, though he didn’t elaborate.

What do you think? Is it time to shift to New York, or should the show continue its split focus with the newbies back in Lima?

  • Audrey

    Time to shift to NY, the only redeeming qualities left in the show were the new stories we were getting because of the move. The old story was overdone and well past it’s prime. I don’t think they could have continued on much longer if they stuck to Lima, the plot, characters and feel of Lima were getting out of hand, The writers tried to incorporate far too many plots into Lima. One show cannot possibly contain as much ridiculous drama as glee has tried, and failed, to do. Better to cut their losses in Lima and start fresh in NY where there is room to explore a more interesting and less chaotic show.