Ryan Murphy’s on the Lookout for Three New ‘Glee’ Leading Ladies

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Come on, you knew this would happen. After the announcement that Amber Riley, Heather Morris and Dianna Agron will not be returning for the fifth season of Glee, the FOX show creators, including Ryan Murphy, are replacing the showrunners with three fresh-faced leading ladies.

According to TVLine, Season 5 will bring “at least three new female recurring characters, including African-American McKinley newbie Ruby, and twenty-somethings Julie and Ryan.” It adds that interestingly enough, the “actresses auditioning for Ryan must be able to sing and play guitar. Potential portrayers of Julie just need to be cute and quirky.”

Harry Shum, Jr. and Mark Salling are also bumped from series-regular status to only occasional guest stars. Meanwhile, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell and Blake Jenner have been promoted to full-timers.

Glee, Season 5 premieres September 19. WDYT of the shake-up? Was it all necessary? Who will you miss most? Spill in the comments below, or on our Glee message board!

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