“The Price of Glee” looks into the deaths of 3 stars and the “curse” of the program

“The Price of Glee” looks into the deaths of 3 stars and the “curse” of the program

Here is what you may have missed on “Glee.”

On Thursday, the first teaser for the horrific new docuseries “The Price of Glee” was published, providing a first glimpse at the show’s numerous murders and controversies.

The three-part ID docuseries will probe the tragic deaths of Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Naya Rivera, three of the show’s teenage stars.

“Ten young performers made their television debut on ‘Glee’ in May 2009. “By 2020, they would all be famous, and three of them would be dead,” the trailer stated.

In between musical breaks, “Glee” chronicled the tumultuous lives of a high school a cappella club attempting to find themselves.

The hit musical show aired on Fox from 2009 to 2015 and soon became a cultural phenomenon, but the show and its cast have been associated with numerous controversies, such as drug use, child pornography, and racism.

On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith, who portrayed male lead Finn Hudson, died of an accidental drug overdose following years of substance misuse. At the time of his death, he was engaged to his on-screen girlfriend Lea Michele, who was cast as the female protagonist Rachel Berry.

Salling, 35, who portrayed the antagonist Noah “Puck” Puckerman, was discovered dead by apparent suicide on January 30, 2018, only weeks before he was to be sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography. During his tenure on the show, he was accused of rape and abuse and dated Rivera, one of his co-stars.

Several years later, on July 8, 2020, Rivera, 33, who portrayed cheerleader Santana Lopez, drowned in a California lake after saving her 4-year-old son during a boating excursion. On the seven-year anniversary of Monteith’s death, her body was discovered.

Rivera was previously arrested for domestic battery for striking Jack Dorsey, the father of her child.

The show and its characters fought with death, sex, narcotics, physical violence, sex abuse, bullying, and racism both on and off screen. Several cast members have discussed their experience on the show and the drama that ensued, but “The Price of Glee” will provide the first thorough look at what transpired through “unbiased filters.”

“The Price of Glee” will broadcast on ID and discovery+ on January 16.
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“Hear directly from those outside the cast bubble who can provide unbiased insights, such as: family and friends of ‘Glee’ cast members; set decorators, hairdressers, stylists, and publicists; and entertainment reporters who covered the phenomena,” the show’s description stated.

Audiences will hear from individuals close to Monteith about his issues with substance misuse, from those who worked with Salling about his frightening secret, and from Rivera’s family about her perilous ascent to prominence.

A “Glee” curse has been rumored by fans and cast members for years, and this new docuseries promises to delve into the drama.

In the trailer, someone said, “I don’t want to mention the ‘C word’ — the ‘curse’ word — but that’s where your mind goes.”

Monday, January 16 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CST on ID; accessible for streaming the following day on discovery+.

 

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