‘The Price of Glee’ documentary: high 5 takeaways

“The Price of Glee,” premiering Monday on ID and Discovery+, gathers probably the most notable information protection (each optimistic and unfavorable) across the once-beloved Fox collection. Although filmed with out the participation of any members of the principal forged or inventive crew — Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz, who at the moment run a “Glee” podcast, respectively deemed the brand new collection “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 towards Blake Jenner.

The docuseries makes an attempt to assign blame for the varied 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.

Whereas many of the included info shall be acquainted to former and still-faithful Gleeks, the mission did reveal some factoids in its first two episodes. For those who’re not going to look at 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 Fb, 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.”

Whereas 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 exhibits with musical numbers, “Glee” actors cut up their time between recording songs, studying choreography and rehearsing whole sequences, along with filming every episode’s scenes — the latter of which often stretched previous the standard workweek into Saturday mornings.

However the larger the rankings 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,” remembers 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 exhibits, the forged 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 demanding — a call, a number of crew members allege, made as a result of the collection was nearing the notable 100-episode mark.

Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Chris Colfer and the forged of “Glee.”

(Michael Yarish / FOX)

Monteith had a stalker and hated fame.

Followers often mobbed the forged once they had been taking pictures on location, and infrequently turned invasive: Chris Colfer was kissed by a fan on the mouth with out consent; Monteith had a younger lady 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 pressured about his lack of dancing expertise compared to his co-stars, and needed to flip down a number of movie initiatives due to the collection’ calls for.

A fellow actor could 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 in touch with the actors past his third-season stint on the collection. “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 identify 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 referred to as “rare” for any collection.

A man and two women dressed in Christmas-y elf costumes

Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera and Lea Michele in “Glee.”

(Adam Rose / FOX)

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” govt 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 Overseas 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’

The place: ID

When: 6 and 9 p.m. Monday

Streaming: Discovery+, any time beginning Monday

Ranking: TV-14 (could also be unsuitable for kids below the age of 14)