It seems as though the popular television musical series Glee may be in for a change of scenery in the near future. Television network FOX is in talks with show creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan in order to relocate the show’s setting to New York City permanently.
Reports from TVLine suggest the move to New York could occur within the current season, though the show’s production is likely to remain in Hollywood. Currently the show’s plot is split between the cities of Lima, Ohio (home to McKinley High School) and New York City where Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera) now reside.
Though the change would be major, it may very well be welcomed by the cast and crew. Shifting the focus to the big city could help to move away from the devastation that followed after the death of actor Cory Monteith in July.
Show co-creator Ryan Murphy shared insight at a Paley Center event about the challenges of moving the show forward creatively in the writer’s room since Monteith’s passing, and about having to create a new show ending. In a statement he said, “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.”
Despite having to adjust the original plans for the show’s end, Murphy said he felt the new ending is “very satisfactory” and still honors Cory Monteith.