What’s Next for the Glee Cast After the Series Finale
After six seasons, four Golden Globes, and countless covers , Glee is coming to an end on March 20. The students and staff of McKinley High may have overstayed their welcome on television (and in high school, for that matter), but that doesn’t mean Gleeks won’t remain loyal to the multi-talented cast after the show takes its final bow March 20. In anticipation of the series finale, we’re taking a look at what’s to come for Glee‘s stars. (Don’t worry, there will still be some singing and dancing.)
Lea Michele: Glee‘s resident show-stopper and the second coming of Idina Menzel leaves Rachel Berry behind for the much-buzzed horror-comedy anthology Scream Queens on Fox. The series, which will reunite Michele with Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, centers on a college campus after some gruesome murders. Michele will star alongside the likes of Ariana Grande, Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Diego Boneta, Emma Roberts, and the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. Scream Queens is slated to debut this fall.
Naya Rivera: So long, Santana Lopez: The headline–grabbing mom-to-be may not be asked back to The View after her infamous showering-is-a-white-people-thing mini-scandal in January, but she’ll definitely appear as a character named Blanca on the Lifetime series Devious Maids in the upcoming third season.
Chris Colfer: He won a Golden Globe for playing Kurt Hummel, but the versatile young star has always kept busy with other projects, be it writing and directing his own films (Struck by Lightning) or writing a best-selling book (The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell). Colfer will continue showcase his talents post-Glee when he takes on the role of playwright Noël Coward in an upcoming, but still-untitled biopic.
Jane Lynch: The Golden Globe-winning character actress, who turned tracksuits and insults into an art form as Sue Sylvester, has signed on for the CBS comedy Angel From Hell and will continue her stint as Hollywood Game Night host for the NBC show’s upcoming third season. Lynch will also reunite with her on-screen Glee rival Matthew Morrison for the film After the Reality.
Amber Riley: The singer/actress/former Dancing with the Stars champ has nothing officially slated after Glee, but the star seems eager to perform again – as herself instead of Mercedes Jones. Riley posted on Twitter in February:
I can’t wait to be on a stage somewhere singing and dancing to my OWN music. Sweating and crying and baring my soul for all the world to see
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) February 28, 2015
Harry Shum, Jr.: The star showed off his fancy footwork as Mike Chang, and will continue to share his impressive skills with the world in the eagerly anticipated sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend.
Matthew Morrison: The Broadway veteran will be returning to his roots on the Great White Way when he goes from playing Glee‘s teacher Will Schuester to starring as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie in the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland. The show, which also stars Kelsey Grammer, will open April 15.
Darren Criss: One of Glee‘s biggest breakout stars, Criss, like his co-star Matthew Morrison, will also be heading back to Broadway. After playing Blaine Anderson, he’ll step into the iconic Hedwig and the Angry Inch platforms when he takes over for John Cameron Mitchell beginning April 29. If you can’t hear Criss belt out Hedwig‘s tunes, you’ll hear him as the voice of Sideswipe in the upcoming animated series on Hub, Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
Heather Morris: Glee‘s best ditz (and one of the show’s best dancers) will shed Brittany Pierce as she shifts to projects on both the small screen (TV movie Romantically Speaking) and the big screen (Most Likely to Die.)
Kevin McHale: For six seasons, Glee fans knew McHale as the sweet Artie Abrams, but the star will get to be himself as he continues to host the U.K. comedy panel game show Virtually Famous.
Jenna Ushkowitz: Ushkowitz, who showcased her musical theater talents both on stage and screen as Tina Cohen-Chang during Glee‘s run, will now focus on her philanthropic efforts. The actress has co-launched Kindred: The Adoption Foundation, an organization that serves as a support network for adoptees.
Mark Salling: The actor/musician, who played the handsome troublemaker Puck on the series, has his comedy-musical duo side project called Camp Coyote.
Chord Overstreet: The actor was introduced to the Glee world as Sam “Trouty Mouth” Evans back in 2010, and post-Glee will be known as Nick in the upcoming comedy Fourth Man Out.
And in the video below, the Glee cast told us more about themselves and the show earlier this year.