“In May 2009, 10 young actors made their debut in the series “Glee”. By 2020 they would all be famous and all three would be dead,” the trailer explained.
“Glee” followed the dramatic lives of a high school a cappella club, each struggling to find themselves between musical hiatuses.
The musical, which ran on Fox from 2009 to 2015, has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, but the show and its cast have been known to be plagued by controversies such as drug use, child pornography and racism.
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Monteith, who played the male lead Finn Hudson, died of an accidental drug overdose on July 13, 2013, aged 31, after a long battle with substance abuse. At the time of his death, he was engaged to his on-screen love, Lea Michele, who played the female lead, Rachel Berry.
Salling, 35, played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman Found dead on January 30, 2018 in apparent suicide, just weeks before he was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. During her time on the show, she was accused of rape and molestation and dated her co-star Rivera.
Then a few years later, Rivera, who portrayed the hilarious Santana Lopez, accidentally drowned in a California lake On July 8, 2020, at the age of 33, he saved his 4-year-old son during a boat trip. Her body was found on the seventh anniversary of Monteith’s death.
Rivera was previously arrested for physically assaulting her child’s father, Jack Dorsey.
The show and its cast have dealt with death, sex, drugs, physical violence, sexual assault, violence and racism both on and off screen. Several cast members have spoken out about their time on the show and the drama surrounding it, but The Price of Glee is giving the first full account of what happened to the “impartial filters.”
“Hear from people who can provide perspectives straight from outside the bubble, such as: relatives and friends of the ‘Glee’ cast; those who are on the set and close to it, such as decorators, hairdressers, stylists and publicists; and entertainment journalists covering the event,” the show’s description reads.
Viewers hear from people close to Monteith about his struggles with drug abuse, from those who worked with Salling about his disturbing secret, and from Rivera’s family members about his dangerous rise to fame.
Fans and cast members have whispered about the “Glee” curse for years, and this new documentary promises to dive right into the drama.
“I’m not going to say the ‘C’ word — the ‘damn’ word — but that’s where your mind goes,” someone said in the trailer.
The all-three-part premiere begins Monday, January 16 at 9/8c on ID, with same-day streaming available on Discovery+.