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'Glee' poll: Who's your favorite new Gleek?

December 1, 2010 |  4:05 pm

Despite having my reservations about the exponentially expanding "Glee" cast, newcomers such as Sam (Chord Overstreet), Blaine (Darren Criss) and Coach Beiste (Dot Jones) have been surprisingly welcome and popular additions. And judging from “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy's recent comments, there will be many more fresh faces roaming the halls of McKinley High in a couple of years.

"Every year we’re going to populate a new group. There's nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot,” he told

Murphy anticipates that some of the current cast will exit the show at the end of the 2012 season as their characters graduate. "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," he said. But there's no denying that fans have latched on to the Glee Club members and the rising stars who portray them, so Murphy is “concerned” about a big cast change. However, “I think one of the things I'm very happy we’ve been able to do this year is we’ve brought in new characters,” he added.

Indeed, I think that is one area where the show has really succeeded this season. The introductions of Sam and Blaine haven't been as intrusive as one would imagine, and Overstreet and Criss have turned in overwhelmingly charismatic performances. Meanwhile, Jones brought something really unexpected to the role of Coach Beiste -- a lovely vulnerability. Even the characters we barely glimpsed such as Sunshine Corazon (Charice) made quite an impression. That leads me to the following poll...

Readers, what do you think of Murphy's plan? Who will you miss the most? And what do you think of this season's newbies?

-- Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

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