If you flashback to the fall of 2009, then you will probably recall that “Glee” was almost everywhere. It was an almost-instant hit for Fox, generated huge revenue for Fox, and spawned everything from albums to tours that went all over the country.
However, by around the time that the show ended, it was barely a blip on the radar. We still believe that executive producer Ryan Murphy was never able to fully figure out what the show should be after graduation in season 3; in some ways, it would have been better off keeping the original show about McKinley High, and then have a separate spin-off about Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) in New York. If nothing else, it would give fans of each part of the show a little bit of something that they wanted.
Even though the ratings did fall during the final seasons, is there still something that you could do to bring the franchise back? In this latest edition of our TV Revivals series, we want to do our best to figure that out.
How it ended – Rachel ended up with Jesse (Jonathan Groff), Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss) found happiness, and every ended up paying tribute to where they came from at McKinley while figuring out some ways to further their careers along. It was a hopeful end that brought back many former cast members.
How to bring it back – Our feeling is almost to start from scratch again with a new crop of singers, but then get rid of some of the competitions a la Regionals and Sectionals and only have maybe one of them year. Instead, make it more about the relationships and the struggles of being in high school; competition-overload sometimes made this show tedious, since you know you’re getting the same thing a few times a year. It just needs more focus! Have people like Michele and Colfer involved, but concentrate more on a few established characters rather than trying to stage a reunion every couple of episodes.
Could it return? – We don’t see it. We don’t even think the idea that above is that compelling; we just wanted to talk it out and see if there is any way you could make this work in an era of nostalgia. Maybe you can do something with an entirely new cast in a decade or so, but “Glee” was all about lightning striking at the right time with the right cast. It’s hard to be replicated.
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