Michele at the Center of the Sixth and Final Season of an Ohio-Based “Glee”

It looks like Lea Michele’s heading back to the beginning…

The 27-year-old part-Spanish actress and Glee star will be returning to Ohio for the Fox musical dramedy’s sixth and final season.

Lea Michele

The truncated season will revolve around Michele’s character Rachel Berry, who returns to Lima after a “humiliating failure” as a television actress.

The former New Directions star will head back home to figure out what she wants to do next and, after discovering that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has disbanded the glee club, undertakes the task of reinstating and leading the group that helped launch her career.

Meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Will (Matthew Morrison) have all found new and surprising gigs in Ohio.

Fox notes that other McKinley High alums will also return for Glee‘s final run.

Michele, Criss, Overstreet, Lynch and Morrison will all return as series regulars and be joined by Chris Colfer (Kurt), Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste), Kevin McHale (Artie) and Amber Riley (Mercedes).

Naya Rivera will return with a reduced roleMax Adler has also booked a major recurring role in the final season, reprising his role as Dave Karofsky.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter at the Emmys on Monday that he doesn’t currently know what the final scene of the series will be. “I did. I don’t anymore, but I think it will be emotional,” he said.

Murphy told reporters in April that the final season would feature a time jump and focus more on the original castmembers, shifting the focus from its previous relocated home in New York.

 

“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 said. “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.”

 

Murphy’s original vision for the end of the series featured Rachel and Finn’s (the late Cory Monteith) “star-crossed lovers getting together and having a happy ending and them both getting their dreams.” He added, “The fact that that can’t be is a big pain in all of our hearts.”

 

Glee‘s final season returns midseason on Fox. An exact premiere date has not yet been determined.

Sanchez’s “Glee” Appearance Drawing Near

The members of Glee’s New Directions will be facing their biggest threat soon… And, her name is Jessica Sanchez.

The 17-year-old half-Mexican singer and American Idol season 11 runner-up will take center stage when Glee heads to Regionals in the finale for the Fox’s musical dramedy’s fourth season.

Jessica Sanchez on Glee

During the series’ “All Or Nothing” episode, New Directions heads to Regionals where the squad faces stiff competition in the form of the Hoosierdaddies, led by the small yet mighty Frida Romero (portrayed by Sanchez).

“I’m competition!” Sanchez recently told The Hollywood Reporter of her Glee arc. “There is definitely a little bit of drama there.”

“She’s the big weapon for her squad, and we’re not really prepared for that,” says co-star Chord Overstreet of the obstacles that await the New Directions in the May 9 season finale. “But I think we’ll hold our own, but it’s definitely something where we’re all freaking out and scrambling at the last minute.”

While the hour will reveal just who wins at Regionals, it’s unclear if we’ll see more of Sanchez come Glee‘s recently announced season five.

Glee airs Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET on Fox.