A ‘Glee’ exposé documentary is in the works, but will it undo the curse?

Discovery+ has greenlit a documentary which will explore the controversies and tragedies surrounding the hit Fox television show, Glee

The three-part docuseries was announced today, and will enlist a range of former cast and crew members to discuss their experiences working on the teen comedy series, which ran for six seasons until 2015. The documentary will feature first-hand testimonials from those involved in the production of the show, and while the project remains untitled, we do know that it will focus on the numerous scandals that have befallen Glee since its 2009 premiere. 

In what’s been dubbed by fans (so-called ‘gleeks’) as a ‘curse’, Glee has been the site of multiple tragedies both off-camera and behind the scenes. In 2013, Cory Monteith — who played Finn on the show — died of an accidental heroin overdose, after years of battling with addiction. Later, two additional Glee stars also passed away: Naya Rivera in a 2020 boating accident, and Mark Salling in 2018, three years after he pleaded guilty to child pornography possession.

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Elsewhere, actress Lea Michele — who portrayed Glee club leader, Rachel Berry — has been plagued by accusations of on-set bullying, which were seemingly confirmed by her co-star, Samantha Marie Ware, in 2020. While it’s not yet known who exactly from the Glee cast will appear in the docuseries, the show elsewhere featured actors Diana Agron, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch, among others.

Glee was created by television mogul, Ryan Murphy, who would go on to produce the likes of American Horror Story, Feud, and the 2022 true crime thriller, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Discovery+ has not yet revealed the premiere date for the Glee docuseries, but it will join the streaming service’s largely true-crime catalogue, including a documentary about actor Armie Hammer’s cannibalism scandal, titled House of Hammer