Sunday, July 17, 2011

'Glee' Graduates Already Have After-School Plans

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer all are working on films.
By Terri Schwartz

Lea Michele
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Life is changing for the cast of "Glee," both onscreen and off.

Thursday's Emmy nominations were kind to the cast, but creator Ryan Murphy's announcement Wednesday that leads Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will exit the show after the third season came as a bit of a shock to the actors involved.

Apparently, neither Colfer nor Monteith was aware that their time with Fox's hit musical show would be ending so soon, though they did know their characters would be written off at some point to coincide with their impending high school graduations.

"I didn't necessarily know that it was going to be our last season next year," Colfer told "Access Hollywood". "I knew something like that was coming up eventually. I mean, we can't be there forever. I don't necessarily want to leave so soon, but it's fine. It's what it is, and all things come to an end."

Fortunately, things are on an upswing for Colfer. He earned his second Emmy nomination for the show Thursday, and after winning the Golden Globe earlier this year for his performance, there's a good chance he'll be taking Emmy gold home come September 18. Then, Friday morning (July 15), there was the announcement that "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks will be joining Colfer in his upcoming film project "Struck by Lightning," which he both wrote and stars in. Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" and "My Best Friend's Wedding" actor Dermot Mulroney jumped onboard as well.

Colfer also can look forward to the release of "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," coming August 12. The trailer for the film debuted online Thursday.

The three exiting "Glee" stars all seem to be remaining optimistic about their upcoming departure. "We always knew we'd graduate in real time. It's all part of the plan and it's all good! It's going to make Season 3 amazing!!!" Michele tweeted after the announcement hit the web.

Both she and Monteith also have upcoming film projects. Michele has a role in Garry Marshall's ensemble rom-com "New Year's Eve," filming now, and Monteith has the upcoming "Sisters & Brothers" in addition to his recently released "Monte Carlo." Then there's also the rumor, courtesy of, that Michele and Colfer will be receiving their own spin-off show.

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