Too soon? Ryan Murphy on a Glee reboot…

“I’m at the phase now with that show where it’s like, well, there’s been enough time,” says co-creator Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Murphy has floated the idea of a possible reboot of Glee.

“I’m at the phase now with that show where it’s like, well, there’s been enough time,” co-creator Murphy said. “Like, maybe we should really re-examine it as a brand. You know, should we do a reboot of it in some way? Should we do a Broadway musical of it in some way?”

The series screened from 2009 to 2015 and was a megahit igniting careers, selling records, merchandise and concert tickeets.

Murphy raised the idea of a reboot on the “And That’s What You REALLY Missed” podcast, hosted by Kevin McHale (Artie) and his co-star Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang).

McHale took the view that it would no longer be appropriate for him to play a character in a wheelchair.

“I don’t know if Artie could be in it,” McHale said. “Knowing what we know now, I don’t think I should be playing a character that’s in a wheelchair. So, if they let me grow out of my beard and play a different character, I’ll do it.”

Ushkowitz was more open to the idea.

“If Ryan was involved, I mean, that’s when you consider it,” she said. “That’s when you talk about actually the possibility of doing it. Otherwise, you can count me out.”

At its height the show was enormous fun in Friday nights (if I recall correctly).

This video will take you back…

Source: Variety

4 Responses

  1. I’m pretty sure it aired on Thursday nights (At least in the earlier seasons) and yes it was a true juggernaut back when it started out. It dominated the ratings, social media and the iTunes Charts every episode. I echo the other comments in that the “downfall” started in Season 3. I believe Disney own the rights to the franchise now after the Fox acquisition and they clearly aren’t lacking in shows and IPs to produce so I doubt a reboot will get off the ground anytime soon. With the off-screen controversies that have occurred and Ryan Murphy’s hypothetical involvement the optics are not good, but I’m sure they’ll eventually find a way to develop something Glee-related in the future.

  2. The show was already sliding downhill after the first half of its first season, and the quality has only continued to nosedive until its demise. I enjoyed the first two seasons for the most part (with some terrible episodes here and there), season three was even less enjoyable, and season four had become completely intolerable. I watched Monteith’s farewell episode, but that was all I had watched of season 5, and I had watched a couple of episodes from season 6, but I had no interest in the finale.

    The show was already neck-deep in identity politics and a revival would be even more intolerable in that respect than it already was. It’s a shame because the show had so much promise, but it seems that Murphy et al., couldn’t resist using the show as a platform to perpetuate a “my way or the highway” worldview to its detriment.

  3. I don’t think with Glee it’s about how long it’s been, it’s about how toxic the brand is given so many of the cast have died before their time and there have been other serious accusations around the show too.

  4. I don’t think the break has been long enough at all yet, at least for a full blown ‘re-boot’, a special or two perhaps? I was an avid fan, during its first handful of seasons, was unmissable, fun, feel-good, relaxing, friendly TV. Their covers were the best. Still a fan of (which you linked) “Don’t Stop Believin” and Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” (sung by recurring guest the great Kristin Chenoweth). I always liked Dianna Agron’s character and her transformation/progression. Back when Ten was a top network (and it’s last period).

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