“The Price of Glee,” premiering Monday on ID and Discovery+, gathers essentially the most notable information protection (each optimistic and adverse) across the once-beloved Fox sequence. Though filmed with out the participation of any members of the principal solid or artistic staff — Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz, who at present run a “Glee” podcast, respectively deemed the brand new sequence “trash” and urged viewers to “proceed with caution” — the three-part documentary recounts the darkish shadows round a few of its actors: Cory Monteith’s overdose, Mark Salling’s arrest, Lea Michele’s bullying habits, Naya Rivera’s tragic loss of life, and Melissa Benoist’s allegations of home violence in opposition to Blake Jenner.
The docuseries makes an attempt to assign blame for the assorted controversies and casualties of the cultural phenomenon. “Part of what has happened on this show is so incredibly toxic, and yet it was a giant hit that everybody was watching, including me,” says psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser.
While many of the included info can be acquainted to former and still-faithful Gleeks, the venture did reveal some factoids in its first two episodes. If you’re not going to observe any of it, right here’s what you missed on “The Price of Glee.”
Social media fueled behind-the-scenes battle.
Created by Ryan Murphy, “Glee” debuted in 2009, alongside the explosion of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. “It’s great that fans of a show can come together and connect over things, but the fighting began almost immediately,” leisure reporter Andy Swift remarks within the first episode. “Suddenly, with social media, you can track who the fans are really into because those actors will have the most followings.”
While filming the third season, “I would oftentimes see that actors gathered talking about how many people they’ve acquired as followers, and there was a competition,” notes former hair division head Dugg Kirkpatrick. “In the beginning when they had to tweet every day, it was Lea that really had the numbers. The head gets a little bit bigger, to say the least.”
The present’s schedule took an unmentioned toll.
Like different TV reveals with musical numbers, “Glee” actors cut up their time between recording songs, studying choreography and rehearsing complete sequences, along with filming every episode’s scenes — the latter of which commonly stretched previous the same old workweek into Saturday mornings.
But the larger the scores grew, the extra elaborate the routines turned: “Go watch the lifts that we do, they’re basically figure skating lifts without the figure skates or the ice,” recollects former dancer Doug Penikas within the first episode. “There was definitely the sense of, they were always trying to top themselves.”
And in contrast to different reveals, the solid spent a number of hiatuses on nationwide live performance excursions. “They weren’t getting the time off — for the actors, it became almost a year-round job,” says former rigging gaffer J.A. Byerly, who provides that returning to work simply weeks after Monteith’s loss of life was notably hectic — a choice, a number of crew members allege, made as a result of the sequence was nearing the notable 100-episode mark.
Monteith had a stalker and hated fame.
Fans commonly mobbed the solid after they had been capturing on location, and infrequently turned invasive: Chris Colfer was kissed by a fan on the mouth with out consent; Monteith had a younger girl stalking him. The manufacturing even needed to “build a wall from their trailers to the set that was like a tunnel so that the cast could travel safely without the tours bothering them or just people in the parking lot,” says Stephen Kramer Glickman, who filmed “Big Time Rush” on the identical studio lot.
Such privateness issues left Monteith remoted, together with being exhausted by the present’s filming schedule and the nonstop headlines about his relationship with co-star Michele. “I remember him specifically saying, ‘I wouldn’t wish fame on my worst enemy,’” says Monteith’s former roommate Justin Neill. Plus, he was notably confused about his lack of dancing expertise compared to his co-stars, and needed to flip down a number of movie initiatives due to the sequence’ calls for.
A fellow actor might have triggered Monteith’s relapse.
Monteith was written out of quite a few episodes of the fourth season to attend rehab, however overdosed 4 months later. After rehab, “[Monteith] said he was at a party and hadn’t been drinking, and he wanted to have a drink, but he knew he shouldn’t,” says former hair division head Kirkpatrick, who stayed involved with the actors past his third-season stint on the sequence. “He was told by a certain cast member that night, ‘If you want to have a drink, you should have a drink. I’ll be here, you can trust that I’ll always be here.’”
“That confused him and made him mad,” added Kirkpatrick, who doesn’t title the actor who spoke to Monteith. “But he did. He started drinking because he was given permission by somebody that he loved. He resented it, but he also took the direction. It took him on a path to destruction.”
The docuseries additionally mentions the quite a few different actors and crew members who tragically handed away throughout and after the present’s run, which reporter Swift known as “rare” for any sequence.
Michele’s on-set habits didn’t go unnoticed.
The second episode briefly touches on Michele’s ongoing feuds with Rivera and Amber Riley, and consists of accounts of her habits by fellow actor Dabier Snell and Garrett Greer, a former assistant to a “Glee” government producer. “I’d had friends in New York who grew up with and knew Lea, so I was aware of her reputation before that, and she had a rap for being a little bit difficult,” says Greer.
“She wants to keep Rachel Berry front and center, so if there was ever a threat to that kind of attention, that caused conflict,” provides Greer, recalling a set go to by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. forward of the Golden Globes. “Amber sang a song and Leah sang a song live for them, and Amber’s song was more showy than what Leah was singing. And I remember being like, ‘Oh, she’s not gonna like this.’ … Lea’s a narcissist.”
‘The Price of Glee’
When: 6 and 9 p.m. Monday
Streaming: Discovery+, any time beginning Monday
Rating: TV-14 (could also be unsuitable for kids below the age of 14)