No 'Glee' Spin-off: Murphy Mum on Future of Rachel, Finn & Kurt

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It has been a tough couple of months for Santana on "Glee."

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It has been a tough couple of months for Santana on "Glee."

Sorry, Gleeks. FOX has confirmed that there will not be a spin-off featuring Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), and Kurt (Chris Colfer).

According to FOX Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, although there won't be a spin-off, those characters will graduate. And that leads to an interesting idea that will give us something to dig into next season, and it starts with the spring batch of episodes."

Ryan Murphy seems to be keeping mum. He learned the hard way after unintentionally leading fans to believe that Michele, Monteith, and Colfer were being fired.

It's not entirely surprising that the spin-off will not that take place. "Glee" has taken a ratings tumble this third season. It's unfortunate because the show actually seems to be rebounding after the train wreck that was season 2.

This season is much stronger than last season because the show is focusing on core characters and their relationships rather than relying on stunt guest-casting.

Another possible reason that the spin-off is being scraped is that Rachel, Finn, and Kurt may not be enough to keep a show running. Although we love these characters, we also enjoy secondary characters like Blaine (Darren Criss), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.).

Still, dumping the spin-off leaves "Glee" at risk for jumping the shark. So many shows like "Dawson's Creek," "90210" and "Saved By the Bell" went downhill after their core characters graduated from high school.

If the entire "Glee" senior cast ends up at the same college (or worse yet stays in Lima), it would be a disservice to the characters and their story lines. Rachel and Kurt deserve to get into NYADA and to pursue their dreams in New York. It would be a shame if these rising stars are stuck in Lima for another year.

Are you disappointed that the "Glee" spin-off will not take place? Should "senior" cast members stick around after season 4? Or should the writers adopt a "Skins" format (replacing cast members after older ones graduate)?

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