As others have mentioned, Season Five episodes seems to prove to me that the writers are not interested in a genuine split. Even when they had Blam in NY, it was all about Blam adventures in NY and the NY characters were conveniently sidelined in their own narrative with the show making sure the ending number with Blam was back in LIma (as well the opening number).
Every closing number in Lima, or closing "group" number where Lima gets the bulk's share, as well as Season Five's obsession with the Marley/Jake/Ryder triangle/cheating cycle and especially all the Becky/Bree/Student Nurse Penn/Coach Roz focus with clearly secondary supporting characters getting more screen time this season than Rachel/Kurt/Santana in an episode indicates its' not the number of leading characters that matter on one side as much as being in the right narrative.
Cast members in prior years had albums they were working on behind the scenes and it seemed they had even more stuff to do on the show, so i don't think that being busy in Season Five with off side projects is the reason the entire NY narrative has been neglected once more. In Season five Chris Colfer has not had any projects other than his writing, which he has said he can conveniently do between scenes, after work and on weekends. Even his book signings with one or two exceptions he has had to schedule on weekends away from Glee. Naya has worked on her album for several years and even her radio junkets time was on the weekends she is not working on Glee.
IN season 5 they've probably used Sue the same if not more and off screen Jane Lynch is busier than ever with side projects (Broadway, TV shows, hosting shows, etc).
Season 5 has the school year extended and all these filler episodes seems like a pointless check off to make sure the focus in on McKinley just because .
Edited by zostar59, Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:24 AM.