There are definite changes on the horizon for Glee, the first of which is changes in the regular cast. There are numerous Glee fans, including myself, who are ecstatic that Blaine (Darren Criss), who is the lead singer of the Dalton Academy Warblers as well as Kurt’s boyfriend will be promoted to a regular character along with Mike Chang (Harry Shum) a minor character who over the course of two seasons became a favorite. Unfortunately, Chord Overstreet who joined the cast for season 2 as Sam, a nerdy nice-guy, has been dropped as a regular, but has the option of coming onboard as a guest star. His partial absence may be filled by the winner of the Glee Project. People who have been following the reality show this summer know that the Glee Project winner will have a 7-episode story arch as Sue Sylvester’s primary rival.
Ryan Murphy also hinted at a focus on the more minor characters like Mercedes, Tina, and Mike who’ve spent the majority of season 2 in the background. It’s a bit surprising that the writers didn’t do this already, as with their ensemble cast, there has been ample opportunity to explore all of the characters in depth as opposed to just the handful consisting of Rachel, Finn, Quinn, Kurt and to a certain extent Puck. Still, the fact that Murphy acknowledged this shows that he is willing to take constructive criticism and apply it.
Some more criticism that will probably affect the show is that every episode was stuffed with too many songs. Murphy implied that they would scale back on the number of songs per episode, which will allow for more story development. Anyone who watched season 2 of Glee knows that the show became frighteningly deficient in consistent storylines. The main focus seemed to be relationships with some characters bouncing back and forth between love interests like ping pong balls, which became tedious for fans tuning in every week.
However, the most significant change is the addition of six new writers, including Marti Noxon, who previous work includes writing and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For fans on the fence, this should be a welcome change, a game-changer, as the only thing truly holding Glee back from being a great show has been the rollercoaster quality of writing. In season 2, one week’s episode would be hilarious and solid, and the next week’s would leave audience members completely bored, irritated or disappointed.
Now it seems like the writers have taken viewer criticism to heart and that they plan to fix all the flaws. While I’ll probably watch Glee until it becomes utterly unbearable, my fingers are crossed in hope that the third season becomes just as gleeful as the first.