Pretty remarkable coincidence about a recent actor death and a very huge almost television deal.
The Glee curse: Fatal reality of TV’s brightest show
WHEN it premiered in 2009, Glee was an instant hit: a bright, quirky show sold off its image of fun and catchy tunes. Nine years on, a spate of scandals and tragedy have all but destroyed its legacy.
What the hell went wrong?
The musical comedy show told the often-inspiring story of a ragtag school choir in Ohio, and even co-creator Ryan Murphy once revealed that “no one thought it was going to be anything” when it first aired. Several tours, soundtracks, a concert film, and a young cast of instant celebrities later — he was proved very wrong.
But after the final episode aired in 2015, Murphy himself admitted that working on the series was both the best and worst time of his life.
“There was a lot of infighting. There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up. It was good training for being a parent, I’ll tell you that much. But I also made a mistake: We all got too personal.”
Since then, Glee’s once-glittering facade has been smashed into a million pieces.
On Tuesday, Mark Salling, who played endearing bad boy Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman, was found after he died of an apparent suicide near his home in Los Angeles at the age of 35.
Fans all over the world were left reeling when news broke of Salling’s arrest in late 2015. An ex-girlfriend tipped off authorities, who discovered more than 50,000 explicit photos and videos of children on his laptop and another 4000 on a flash drive.
The star was originally facing up to 20 years behind bars, but after taking a plea deal, was looking at spending the next four to seven years in jail when he was sentenced in the coming weeks.
Instead, he ended his life, becoming just the latest in a long list of troubling tales linked to the Glee franchise.- Source