Updated July 25:
After holding a "Glee" Q&A panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, TVLine reports that executive producer Brad Falchuk announced that Chord Overstreet (Sam) will not be returning to the show in the fall. The actor turned down a 10 episode deal, with the possibility of becoming a series regular by mid-season, in order to look for opportunities elsewhere.
Updated July 6:
It seems all is not lost where Chord Overstreet is concerned. TVLine confirms in a new report that while the actor hasn't been promoted to series regular, nothing about his status has changed. He will remain a recurring player if that's what he wants.
An insider tells the entertainment outlet, "His option to be a series regular was just not picked up at this time. If Chord wants to appear on "Glee," the choice is his. The "Glee" writers like his Sam character, and have plans to write for him. He and his reps have been told that he is welcome back to "Glee," and everyone hopes he will show up on August 10 when filming begins.” The source also pointed out that it took Harry Shum Jr. two years to go from recurring character to series regular.
Originally posted July 4:
TVLine recently announced some casting changes ahead for season 3 of "Glee." Apparently, Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) have been promoted to full-time series regulars. On the downside, Chord Overstreet's (Sam) series regular option was not picked up. That might come as a disappointment to fans of Overstreet's, but it doesn't mean he won't be seen again, as he could return as an occasional guest star.
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