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Glee's Chord Overstreet Demoted to Guest Star as Sam

Glee Update: More Blaine, Less Sam in Season 3

It feels like we were just watching the New Directions at Nationals on the season finale of Glee, but the show still goes on behind-the-scenes, and there's some interesting casting news. Apparently Chord Overstreet (Sam) will only appear as a guest star, while Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) have been promoted to series regulars.

It's no surprise that we'll be seeing more of fan favorite Blaine and his Warblers, but I didn't expect to see Sam go so soon, particularly after the heavy storyline about his homelessness. Another character who will be getting less screen time is Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink), though I'm admittedly not as broken up about that development, since her voice isn't quite as stellar as some of the other glee club members. On the bright side, hopefully this will open the door for a few new members, but so much for a hot new romance between Sam and Mercedes. How do you feel about these casting developments?

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ameerah26 ameerah26 4 years
I'm still pissed about this. The only black character on the show FINALLY get a love interest and then they get rid of him. Ryan Murphy shouldn't have wasted his viewers time and hopes on the season finale setting up Mercedes' and Sam's romance.
imLissy imLissy 4 years
I love Blaine!
zeze zeze 4 years
I HATE, HATE Blaine....ugh!
Glee-Anna Glee-Anna 4 years
Just FYI: Chord Overstreet was NOT a regular in season two. Three of the characters in New Directions weren't played by 'regulars' in season two: Sam, Mike, and Lauren. It's confusing because Overstreet, Harry Shum Jr. and Ashley Fink, while not regulars, were in most episodes after their characters joined the glee club. But the actors were still just 'guest' stars technically. The original articles about this stated that Chord was going to still be a guest in some capacity, though it wasn't clear if it would be in the same way as in season two, or if the number of his appearances would decrease or his storyline be cut. His Twitter seems to imply that he's not coming back at all, but there's been no direct statement. I'm happy for Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. that they are regulars now, but it doesn't necessarily mean that we'll see them more. It's more about having them under a different type of contract than the exact number of episodes they are going to appear in, as far as I know. Personally I kind of like the setup they did last season where Blaine pops in and out of the show with the Warblers and as Kurt's boyfriend, but Ryan Murphy said at Paley Fest that Blaine might join New Directions in season three.
stephley stephley 4 years
I'm ready to give up on Glee. Why dump Sam just when he gets a relate-able storyline and Mercedes finally gets a date? I like Darren Criss, but I don't think more Blain will be a good thing.
stone_soup stone_soup 4 years
I am sad to see Sam have less screen time, but Blaine is pretty cute too :)
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