Elder ‘Glee’ Stars Will (Eventually) Get the Axe

Like athletes, models and trophy wives, the shelf life for a Glee actor will run out some time before age 30, according to showrunner and musical mastermind Ryan Murphy.

In an interview that may shatter the dreams of Gleeks everywhere, Murphy tells Australia’s Herald Sun that some of the New Directions warblers will graduate from McKinley High – and the show – at the end of the 2012.

“Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy told the newspaper. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.”

Though most of the New Directions seem pretty believable as high schoolers, relative “elders” like 28-year-olds Cory Monteith and Mark Salling and 24-year-old Dianna Agron could be in danger.

As Celebuzz addressed in our examination of Older Actors Playing Younger Roles, a 29-year-old high school junior does stretch the limits of believability. For that very reason, Murphy assures fans that he will funnel fresh new talent into the halls of McKinley.

“I think you have to be true to the fact that here is a group of people who come and go in these teachers’ lives – they graduate and they’re gone,” Murphy said.  “When some of them finish their run at high school it will be very teary episodes… for me it will be particularly tough but a new crop (of actors) will come in.”

If newcomer Chord Overstreet is any indication, Murphy should have no problem casting a new hottie.

Who would you hate to see leave the Glee cast? Plea for their salvation in the comments.