Chord Overstreet: 'Glee' Return In Discussion

10/18/2011 04:09 pm ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011

All that summer drama for nothing; Sam is coming back to McKinley High.

When it was announced that Chord Overstreet would, who joined "Glee" in season two, would not be made a regular cast member at the outset of the third season of "Glee," the star decided that he'd rather not continue on in the show. Scrambling to keep fans happy, the producers quickly offered him a chance to feature in the show as a recurring character and get bumped up to regular around mid-season. No dice, Overstreet said; he was moving on to other things.

Now, TVLine reports that Overstreet is in talks to return to the show, with a first appearance tentatively earmarked for the eighth episode of the season. How, exactly, they'll explain his return -- Sam, it was revealed, moved away after his dad got a job in a new city -- remains to be seen, though "Glee" has certainly done zanier things than changed a character's zipcode.

What still remains to be seen, though, is what exactly creator Ryan Murphy and co. will do with Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, all of whom are seniors on the show this year. That's been the subject of a lot of speculation, public statements and retractions, and one might imagine the show will use the unanswered question as a story line for the entire season.