The Price of Glee explores the deaths of stars and the show’s “curse.”

You missed that on Glee.

The first trailer for a new shocking docuseries, The Price of Glee, was released on Thursday, giving a first look at the series’ numerous deaths and scandals.

The three-part ID documentary will delve into the behind-the-scenes drama of the hit sitcom and investigate the sudden deaths of three of the show’s young stars: Cory Monteith, Mark Salling and Naya Rivera.

“In May 2009, 10 young actors made their TV debuts on ‘Glee.’ By 2020 they would all be famous and three would be dead,” the trailer explained.

“Glee” followed the dramatic life of a high school a cappella club where everyone struggled to find their way between musical breaks.

The hit musical show aired on Fox from 2009 to 2015 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon, but the show and its cast are known for being riddled with controversy, including drug use, child pornography and racism.

Monteith, who starred as male lead Finn Hudson, died of an accidental drug overdose on July 13, 2013 at the age of 31, after a year-long battle with substance abuse. At the time of his death, he was engaged to his on-screen love interest, Lea Michele, who was cast as the female lead Rachel Berry.

Salling, 35, who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Jan. 30, 2018, just weeks before he was due to face jail after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography would have. During his time on the show, he was accused of rape and abuse and dated his co-star Rivera.

A few years later, Rivera, who portrayed cheerleader Santana Lopez, accidentally drowned in a California lake on July 8, 2020 at the age of 33 after rescuing her 4-year-old son during a boat trip. Her body was found on the seventh anniversary of Monteith’s death.

Rivera had previously been arrested on domestic violence charges for physically assaulting her child’s father, Jack Dorsey.

The show and its cast struggled with death, sex, drugs, physical violence, sexual abuse, bullying and racism both on and off screen. Several cast members have spoken out about their time on the show and the drama that ensued, but The Price of Glee will provide the first full look at what happened with “unbiased filters.”

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The Price of Glee premieres January 16 on ID and streams on Discovery+.
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“Hear directly from those outside the cast bubble who can provide non-binding perspectives, such as: relatives and friends of ‘Glee’ cast members; those who were on and around the set, such as set decorators, hairdressers, stylists, and publicists; and entertainment reporters who covered the phenomenon,” read a description of the show.

Viewers will hear from people close to Monteith about his struggles with substance abuse, from those who worked with Salling about his disturbing secret, and from Rivera’s family members about her perilous rise to fame.

Fans and cast members of the show have been whispering about a “Glee” curse for years, and this new docuseries promises to delve into the drama.

“I don’t want to say the ‘C-word’ — the ‘curse’ word — but that’s where your mind goes,” someone said in the trailer.

All three parts will premiere on ID Monday, January 16 starting at 9/8c and will be available to stream on Discovery+ the same day. The Price of Glee explores the deaths of stars and the show’s “curse.”

Emma Bowman

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