By Tim Stack
Updated July 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM EDT
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Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly took to the stage today at TCA in Beverly Hills to talk season four of Glee and the format, now that the series will be cutting back and forth from New York and Ohio. “I’m very happy with how seamless it is,” Reilly told the audience of journalists at TCA. “There’s going to be thematic linkages between the two.”

Reilly also reiterated that Gleeks will still see characters that have graduated, like Mercedes and Quinn. “Although we have not severed relationships with everyone, we’re not servicing that large of a tapestry of characters,” Reilly admitted. “We have fresh faces [Fox today announced new stars Jacob Artist, who will play Puck’s half-brother, and Dean Geyer, who will play a NYADA student and possible love interest for Rachel]. This is the natural mirror of real life. People graduate and new faces come in. This is set in a small town in Ohio. Just as in real life people tend not to stray too far away from that. Some settle down, some go away, they come back for holiday and reunions. The idea is to keep that relationship …It’s fun for the audience –who’s going to show up when? We’ll have a core of some of the returning characters and new characters and the we’re going to be servicing every week and then limited deals with some of the other actors who’ll be kind of joining here and there throughout the season. I think it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for the show.

The Fox exec even admitted that there was a time when he considered dividing the season between the two locations. Said Reilly, “I thought about splitting the season down the middle, half in New York and half in Ohio. I think that could be really jarring. We think this is going to work seamlessly back and forth and it is working.”

(Addtional reporting by James Hibberd)

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