Chord Overstreet has not been fired from "Glee" and is welcome to reprise his recurring role of Sam on the FOX musical sitcom, which returns for season 3 in September, a report says.
Filming is set to start in August. The show's seasons 3 premiere is set to air on Sept. 20, 2011. Overstreet has played a glee club member on the show since the start of the second season of "Glee," which began in 2010.
Last week, Deadline.com said Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. were upgraded to series regulars on the show but that Overstreet was not. FOX has not commented on the matter.
"His option to be a series regular was just not picked up at this time," affiliated website TVLine.com on Wednesday, July 6, quoted an "insider" as saying about Overstreet. "If Chord wants to appear on 'Glee,' the choice is his. The 'Glee' writers like his Sam character, and have plans to write for him. He and his reps have been told that he is welcome back to Glee, and everyone hopes he will show up on August 10 when filming begins."
"If Chord has a great season, which we expect he will, then he will become a regular like Harry, possibly as early as January," the "insider" told TVLine.com.
Shum Jr. has played dancer and glee club member Mike Chang on the series since its debut season, which began in 2009. Criss began portraying Blaine, a member of a rival all-boy's school's glee club, last year. His character and Blaine's openly gay relationship with glee club member Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, has a massive fan following online.
Overstreet has not specified whether he intends to return to "Glee." On Friday, the actor wrote the vague Twitter message, "well it's been a good yr too bad it's over, time for summer and starting fresh."
Meanwhile, the current cast of "Glee" recently wrapped up the 16-city North American leg of their tour, which kicked off on May 21 in Las Vegas and is finishing the tour in Europe. The "Glee Live! In Concert" tour included Overstreet, Shum Jr., Criss and fellow cast members Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera and Heather Morris.