Former Glee stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz’ podcast And That’s What You REALLY Missed keeps on delivering Glee bombshells that we’re not sure we’re ready for.
The most recent revelation about the hugely impactful show is that creator Ryan Murphy, now known for his projects like American Horror and Crime Stories, Monster, and The Watcher, is considering bringing Glee back in some form.
“I’m at the phase now with that show where it’s like, well, there’s been enough time,” Murphy ominously began.
“Like maybe we should really re-examine it as a brand,” he continued. “You know, should we do a reboot of it in some way? Should we do a Broadway musical of it in some way?”
The thought of Glee taking over Broadway even more than it currently is with Lea Michele playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl is making us quake in our boots!
“It’s sort of like an interesting legacy that I’m interested in doing in a positive way after sort of pausing for a while,” Murphy added. “I just love what it says and what it did. And there will never be in my life another Glee, anything close to it, in terms of me feeling so close to it.”
When Glee came out it was one of the most groundbreaking shows on network TV, showing gay and lesbian teen characters like we had never seen before. The show not only pushed forward representation, but also changed how mainstream America saw some cultural issues.
However, it was also one of the most “problematic” shows of the era, with nearly every episode containing racist, ableist, fatphobic, misogynistic, transphobic, biphobic, or lesbiphobic jokes.
There are also accusations made by many of the show’s actors of color who have claimed that star Lea Michele mistreated them and created a hostile work environment.
McHale played Artie Abrams on the show and Ushkowitz played Tina Cohen-Chang, two of William McKinley High’s original New Directions glee club members. They remained major parts of the cast for the show’s whole run, from the early season Golden Globes and Grammys to the late season puppet episode and Saw references.
Will Murphy’s portent lead to something real? Will Glee come back to our screens or stages to haunt us once again? Only time will tell.
Before that happens, Discovery+ is releasing a three part docuseries that will explore some of the many controversies that happened behind the scenes of the groundbreaking musical show.