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Old 06-04-2012, 03:31 PM   #31
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How about being bold and actually staying in high school and use new characters. Doesn't mean the gone ones can't show up. Just less of them. Like real life.
Three words: The White Shadow. Didn't the original Beverly Hills 90210 have one character age four years while the others aged three so they would all graduate together, and then the high school was pretty much never mentioned again?

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As I was watching, the thing that got me was I was thinking was "Chang... Puckerman... Hummel... Hudson... Berry..." Traditionally, don't most graduation ceremonies go in alphabetical order?
Okay, it was 30 years ago, but mine didn't, and there were over 500 students in the class. I'm not sure how the order was determined - probably randomly. (In middle school, it was more or less by height, as they wanted the entrance of the students to go from shortest to tallest.)

Something else mine didn't have: the students moving their tassels from one side to the other separately, when they accepted their diplomas. "Traditionally," you wait until the end, and do it together. Of course, what usually happens is, everybody throws their hats into the air as soon as the last name is called.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:52 PM   #32
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It's pretty hard to pull off. People generally like the TV shows for the characters. Lose all the characters, and the appeal goes away.

But there are exceptions. Friday Night Lights did it well. Of course, that show really wasn't about the kids so much. And by that time, the show had a fairly unusual arrangement in the way it was aired.
L&O did it well. Always reminded me of a real job, where some people leave and new ones come on board. Same with real high school. I had friends that were seniors when I was a freshman, and gradually as I got older, my new classmates were younger.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:04 AM   #33
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Three words: The White Shadow. Didn't the original Beverly Hills 90210 have one character age four years while the others aged three so they would all graduate together, and then the high school was pretty much never mentioned again?
Yup. Everyone except David repeated their Junior year.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:53 PM   #34
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It's pretty hard to pull off. People generally like the TV shows for the characters. Lose all the characters, and the appeal goes away.

But there are exceptions. Friday Night Lights did it well. Of course, that show really wasn't about the kids so much. And by that time, the show had a fairly unusual arrangement in the way it was aired.
But they already started the process. Adding new students. And they will do it again with the Glee Project. Plus, as I said, they can have the old seniors be there at the start (summer), Christmas and spring breaks and at the end again.

Not changing the cast to create new stories helped doom Heroes. I can cite examples, too!
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