But doesn't this remind you of Trek shows? Like Joe seems the equivalent of Mayweather.
But again...from Trek shows, we CAN have a large cast that gets some good time in. But you need some good writing and some good acting, so that even if they only get a few lines, they make it worth it. (Same thing with Babylon 5)
The 1st season cast had different roles that represented the different aspects of high school and they all fit together. They need to sit down RIGHT NOW, and map that out...see who fills what role, and who is superfluous or doubled up or not acting up to that role and get rid of them.
After that, draw up rough story arcs that will shape up during the year.