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'Glee:' Yes, they will graduate

Actress Lea Michele from "Glee" arrives at the

Actress Lea Michele from "Glee" arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in Manhattan. (May 2, 2011) Credit: AP

A little flurry of excitement over "Glee" show runner Ryan Murphy's comments to the Hollywood Reporter yesterday that the cast will graduate at the end of next season. But it's old news. Murphy has said this for -- it almost seems like -- years now. He told this to Ryan Seacrest in early June, as reported then by Ann Oldenburg at USA Today: 

 "The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years," Murphy explained during a radio interview on Friday. "We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline." So that means Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) will move on and be replaced by some new freshmen talent. "We've got Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch who will stay and be the male and female linchpins of the series, but I think the fun thing about the show is it's a celebration of youth and talent," Murphy says. "I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series."

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