My Fellow Gleeks, Don’t worry, be happy.
Despite reports to the contrary, your favorite GLEE stars aren’t going anywhere. Wait, check that… that may not be entirely accurate. You favorite GLEE stars are going somewhere, they just won’t be going very far. And while we’re the first to admit that we’re completely devoid of any-and-all credible sources to actually back this up, that isn’t about to stop us from going to go on a limb and predicting that come Fall 2012, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will be headlining their very own GLEE spin-off. (Think: GLEE: NEW YORK, GLEE: NEW DIRECTIONS or GLEE: SPECIAL SPIN-OFF UNIT)
Now, we know what you’re thinking: Just what makes us so sure that Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummell and Finn Hudson will soon be hightailing it to the Big Apple? Simple. TV Networks and Studios that risk hundreds of millions of dollars every year aren’t in the business of casually letting their cash cows slip away, especially for a reason as insignificant as “true to life storytelling.” Heck, one needn’t look further than what Warner Bros. Television and CBS put up with to keep Charlie Sheen happy and on the air. Suffice it to say, billion dollar generators such as TWO AND A HALF MEN, FRIENDS, and GLEE are few and far between, so when a Network and Studio miraculously manages to latch onto one, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will be holding on to it for as long as humanely possible.
What’s more, a GLEE spin-off would be music to the bean counters at Fox’s ears. Not only would GLEE: THE SEARCH FOR MORE MONEY (Yup, we’re still working on that title!) allow for Fox to finally develop their own franchise akin to NBC’s LAW & ORDER and/or CBS’ CSI, jettisoning the big three that are Colfer, Michele and Monteith will help to keep the budget down as the series heads into a pivotal and costly period of renegotiation that will surely see big bumps in salary for its original cast members like Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison.
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