This loft situation? With the group? And the song? This is your show. Get Blaine and Sam to New York, send Artie if you’re still so inclined and turn Glee into Friends: The Musical. The high school plot is worn out, and the show needs to grow with its audience. What better way than showcasing a group of idealistic Midwest kids trying to make it as performers in New York? You have the steady couple planning a wedding and juggling school and jobs, the ingenue with her first big break, the kids forgoing college in favor of breaking into the industry, and even the one who prefers the behind the scenes approach. This is a better foundation than most shows have, and is better than anything you’re doing by keeping them in separate storylines.
They can all work at the diner and live in the loft (or maybe there’s conveniently another loft across the hall for a few to move into) and the combinations are endless for group songs. Parents and friends can swing through for a visit every episode – everyone loves going to New York! The group of actors you have here have so much history and so much chemistry that everything else on the show seems cheap in comparison, so let them take it and run. This is what will breathe life into the rest of the series. End it all with a big reunion at the Klaine wedding in the season six (and series) finale and leave on a good note.
Call me. I have ideas.