When Glee debuts its sixth and final season, a familiar backdrop will fade to black.
The Fox musical dramedy will return to airwaves on January 9 with a two-hour premiere. Over the course of its 13 episode, creator Ryan Murphy says the focus won’t be so much on happenings in the Big Apple, but instead, original cast members who we’ve come to know and love from seasons past.
“The final season is really its own story and its own location, and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that… dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season… We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane-Matt characters in a big way. It’s really interesting, a very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”
Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Darren Criss as Blaine, Amber Riley as Mercedes, and newlywed Naya Rivera are all set to reprise their original roles. We’ll see how arcs unfold when the series takes a final, two-hour bow on March 20.