Big news out of Gleeville this morning. Harry Shum Jr., who has been recurring on the show as Mike since the pilot, has just been upgraded to fulltime regular. Meanwhile, Darren Criss, who basically stole the show since joining this past season as the swoon-worthy Blaine, gets the bump up as well.

Add them with Jenna Ushkowitz and that’s three Asian Americans at McKinley High. Maybe the show should’ve been set in San Gabriel Valley instead.

While the four leads (Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and Lea Michelle) are all white, the show has been really good about casting actors of color and showing LGBT characters in the supporting cast. Amber Riley and Naya Rivera are also series regulars, as well as the openly gay Chris Colfer, while Charice has made a couple of guest appearances.

Since creator Ryan Murphy has said the students will be graduating at the end of the year, it will be interesting to see who actually gets to stay. Chord Overstreet, who was supposed to be the breakout character this past season, has already been dropped from series regular.

 

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