The Price of Glee Docuseries Delve into a Trio of Shocking Deaths, Asking: Is There a Show Curse?

The Price of Glee Docuseries Delve into a Trio of Shocking Deaths, Asking: Is There a Show Curse?

In many ways, Glee was the first show of its kind.

The musical comedy aired on FOX from 2009 to 2015, using covers of well-known songs to tackle key issues kids in high school face, along with people of all ages.

Tragically, Glee is also an important program for other reasons:

In three very different ways, THREE former cast members have died since the series premiered.

Cory Monteith died in 2013 of a drug overdose.

Mark Salling died by suicide in 2017 after pleading guilty to charges related to possession of child pornography.

And then Naya Rivera died in 2020 in a terrible drowning accident after saving her young son in a lake.

Now, The Price of Glee will make its debut on Discovery, as the upcoming three-part docuseries is said to explore “the demands of being a hit TV series and the dark behind-the-scenes drama”, with a focus on early death. of the original trio of Glee stars.

Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith

Investigation Discovery released the first trailer for its limited series on the former hit drama Thursday, teasing a much deeper look into the lives and deaths of Monteith, Rivera and Salling… and stirring up plenty of controversy in the playoffs.

“In May 2009, 10 young actors made their TV debut on Glee,” the trailer says in bold text.

“In 2020, all of them will be famous, and three will die.”

The insider later dropped the following statement:

“I didn’t want to say the C word – the ‘curse’ word – but that’s where your mind goes.”

The footage focuses on some of the gory details of the aforementioned tragedy.

One clip, for example, depicts footage of Salling in a body bag… while another highlights images from a press conference police held after Rivera’s body was found in a Southern California lake.

Series creator Ryan Murphy, meanwhile, went on record a while ago saying the show most likely should have ended after Monteith died.

Rivera’s father also appears in the trailer, saying:

“I know it is the top of the mountain for Naya. for your son. It’s not real.

Viewers, according to the network, will “hear directly from people outside the cast bubble who can provide a no-nonsense perspective, such as:

“Relatives and friends of the Glee cast; those on set and those close to him, such as set decorators, hairstylists, stylists, and publicists; and entertainment journalists covering the phenomenon.”

However, at least one person closely involved with the show took extreme trouble with the program.

Instragram photo of Naya Rivera and Mark Salling
Glee stars Naya Rivera and Mark Salling took an Instagram photo.

After writer Ashley Ray-Harris Tweeted last weekend that the cast and crew of the Fox musical series would be featured in the three-part documentary, Kevin McHale immediately rejected the idea and slammed the project Friday night.

“Show me this ‘act’ you’re talking about,” he tweeted. “This [trash can emoji].

McHale, of course, played the character Artie for the entire Glee show.

He continued, “This is a great version, ftr. Don’t make me talk about this again.

Fellow Glee alum Chord Overstreet, who joined the series as Sam Evans in 2010, also referred to the series as “gossip stuff” while visiting Elvis Duran and The Morning Show last month.

“I think it’s all bullshit—” he said then.

“I think anyone who knows about the show and experienced it had nothing to do with it from what I know.”

Price of Glee premieres January 16 at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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