At the premiere of the Glee 3-D movie in Westwood Saturday, the production chiefs behind the franchise didn’t exactly close the door on talks to spin-off the hit drama with stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith.
“The series is going to evolve as it always has,” said Gary Newman, the president of 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the dramedy for its sister network Fox. “I think as the season goes on and Ryan and his other executive producers and writers sort of find the stories that feel like they are resonating, the series will go in one direction or another. I think there is plenty of time to resolve the issue of what happens to the seniors. This group is like a family and there are squabbles and misunderstandings and miscommunications but fundamentally it’s a very tight group of people and I think this is a little blip that once we get into the season will be in the rear view mirror.”
Morale on the show remains high, continued President Dana Walden. “These actors have a great relationship with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. They have conversations. It’s an incredible executive producer team and they are always in communication with their cast. The cast knows what’s going on, so I think a worse case scenario would be no one talking about our show. So it’s a little bit of a high-class problem. Very soon, and in particular with the movie and start of the third season, there is going to be real information about the show.”
So will that be coming from Murphy or will she be asking him to keep a lid on things for a while? “I completely defer to Ryan,” said Walden. “He has a great relationship with the press and he feels an obligation. He was a member of the press, he knew what it was like to interview someone not giving you any piece of new information and he doesn’t want to do that. I don’t think he’s ever going to change his attitude about that. He’s open. He’s excited about what’s going on in the show. There is no final statement. Every statement leads to another conversation and now it’s just about the work, which he and his team is focused on.” – with reporting from Carrie Borzillo