It may be that ‘Glee’ did not have the prestige of other Ryan Murphy fictions such as ‘American Crime Story’ or ‘Feud’, although it won the Golden Globe with its first season, but there is no doubt that it is on the podium of its most successful brands (his music alone generated 100 million dollars for his label). But She wasn’t just a money maker: For Murphy, she was always his pretty girl.. Here the stories of adolescents converged, which have always interested him (he was the creator of ‘Popular’), the pop backlash, a portrait of marginalized people who find their way to success and, in addition, he had the possibility of creating his own star system with Lea Michele as the goddess of his Olympus. ‘Glee’ was, in short, a very fun little toy with which Ryan Murphy, in addition, was making gold while playing.
That is why it is not surprising that although the series ended relatively recently (next March it will be eight years since the end), Murphy has in mind to somehow reopen ‘Glee’. He has expressed it this week when being interviewed in ‘And That’s What You REALLY Missed‘, a podcast hosted by series cast Kevin McHale (Artie) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina). “Now I’m in a phase with the show where it’s like, ‘Well, enough time has passed.’ Maybe we should re-examine it as a brand. Broadway musical in some way? It’s an interesting legacy that I’m interested in doing in a positive way after I’ve stopped for a while. But I don’t know. I love what he says and what he did. And there will never be another in my life.” Glee’ or anything like that in terms of feeling so close to him,” commented the writer and producer.
And in a time of television bustle in which platforms are fighting to rescue great franchises (whether with remakes, reboots or new series inspired by famous universes), and in which less and less time passes between an end and a return ( ‘Criminal Minds’ ended in 2020 and this month his return, ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’, is released), it would make perfect sense for ‘Glee’ to have a new stage. All things considered, its premise is easily rebootable: new school (or the same one), some past actor who returns as a teacher and a new cast of young talents who are part of a new choir. ‘Glee’, again, new but different. And to cash again. It would sound great if it weren’t for a couple of details against it…
The first reason ‘Glee’ shouldn’t get a reboot is because he already spent that bullet and not exactly well. Instead of accepting that its logical end came with the end of the school stage of the original casting, the series opted to lengthen, dividing the characters into plots and locations and gradually introducing new ones that never ended up coming together. In fact, on the podcast, Ryan Murphy acknowledges that he doesn’t look back too fondly on that decision. It didn’t work and with a reboot you never know, it might work or, conversely, dirty the legacy (see: ‘Rebel’).
But, above all, ‘Glee’ is better as it is, in the past, for everything that has happened behind the scenes during and after the series. We cannot ignore the fact that three of the original stars of ‘Glee’ have died and for very murky causes (Cory Monteith due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol, Mark Salling committing suicide after a pedophilia scandal and Naya Rivera drowned in a tragic accident). And although the new stage did not focus on the return of the original characters, these events constitute a black legend that accompanies ‘Glee’ just as, or more, than the memory of musical numbers like ‘Don’t stop belie1vin’ or ‘Teenage Dream’ (so much so that Disney+ is preparing a documentary on the subject). Ryan Murphy has also acknowledged that continuing the series after Cory’s death was a mistake: he says they should have stopped to recover and think and maybe not come back.
However, it is not only the deaths: the path of ‘Glee’ was, even during its broadcast, a minefield of fights and strong cross-statements. The most famous war was the one between Naya Rivera and Lea Michele (with the first book included), but it was not the only one that put the interpreter of Rachel Berry in the pillory accusing her of bullies and diva attitude on set (very recently, Chris Colfer said he wouldn’t dream of going to see her on ‘Funny Girl’); others also charged at Ryan Murphy himself or the series. ‘Glee’ managed to shine on the screen but behind it was a well of suffering, youth stress, depression, addictions and misunderstandings. Many things were done wrong and, in a way, You can never get rid of your curse. Without being superstitious, it would give me bad luck to get into the new ‘Glee’, honestly. Ryan, look, you better leave ‘Glee’ alone, do us a favor.