Well, I should use the term “graduation” rather than “fallout”; either way, GLEE fans aren’t too happy about Chord Overstreet’s demotion from “series regular” to “occasional guest star”. And who got bumped up to “regular status”? Darren Criss/Blaine obviously, and, it pains me to write this, but also Harry Shum, Jr./Mike Chang. I have nothing against Shum, but I’ve never been able to stand his character. Making him a regular does make sense, but why limit Sam’s time; I thought Ryan Murphy, when he originally put out the word he was going to “graduate” some of the cast members, he would keep Sam around, and this is also after it was implied at the end of season 2, Sam and Mercedes were now an item. It doesn’t make sense.
What some fans may not know is Overstreet is the son of country singer/songwriter, Paul Overstreet. The elder Overstreet has co-written some of the biggest country songs, including “Love Can Build a Bridge” (The Judds), “Forever and Ever Amen” (Randy Travis), and “When You Say Nothing At All” (Keith Whitely, then Alison Krauss); so Chord will be okay. It’s rumored he will be recording and releasing his own solo album–Yes! And he’s being currently seen as part of the season two GLEE Live! tour…so, we’ll just have to see. I’m really nervous to see what Murphy does next.