Though the creative team behind “Glee” decided not to make Chord Overstreet a cast regular for its third season, TVLine reported Wednesday that he still stands a chance at becoming one – as early as January, in fact. Although the network hadn’t fired him anyway, one source claimed Overstreet might sing and dance his way onto the recurring cast after all.
“If Chord has a great season, which we expect he will, then he will become a regular,” the source said. “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 Aug. 10 when filming begins.”
The source observed that fellow “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr. – who, along with Darren Criss, went from a supporting role to the main cast a few days ago – made guest appearances over two seasons before he became a mainstay.
Overstreet’s only been around one season – but if protests from fans are any indication, he’s become one of the show’s most popular figures. After news broke about him missing out on becoming a cast regular, his rendition of “Billionaire” saw an increase in sales on iTunes, a phenomenon that fan Katie Barnett told The Republican she started on her blog. “I wanted to do this because I think Sam is an incredibly important and relatable character, primarily because of the storyline surrounding his family’s poverty,” she said. “Those of us lucky enough to have a few bucks to spare should demonstrate to ‘Glee’s’ producers how much we value his character and storyline.”
A petition on Twitter called “Keep Chord Overstreet as a Regular on ‘Glee’!” has reeled in over 12,700 signatures.
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