Gleeking Out With Ryan Murphy
The show's co-creator talks tributes, cliffhangers and Twitter.
Will the Glee Season 2 finale feature the sort of cliffhanger/holdover of TV's glory days?
The [Dynasty] "Moldavian Massacre" episode? I remember that. Yes, in Act 6 of the Glee finale there are four plot reveals -- all about relationships, moving forward and resolving some -- which will hopefully keep the audience interested over the summer. It's one of the reasons why I wanted to delay publication of the script -- those things get out, though in this day and age, you can't keep anything secret.
Kind of like your New York City locations?
Yes. We never announced where we were filming -- in fact, we tried to change it so that nobody knew it was us -- but people would see the cast arrive, then they would tweet it. And you could see: First it was five tweets, then a dozen, 100, 400. ... It was all social networking. I've stayed off Twitter; I don't trust myself after two glasses of wine.
The ratings have held up, but do you worry about overexposure?
Everything I've ever done people say has become overexposed. I try not to read anything about it. At this point in the history of the show, people are looking for things to knock. My motto for the past year has been, "Tries to be great, never boring."
Your Emmy campaign this year puts the focus on the crew, rather than the cast. Why did you go that route?
Because this is a really hard show to make. People work 18-hour days; they sacrifice family time. It's amazing to me -- when any show does a musical episode, they always get so much press about it, and we do it every day.
Are there plans for more tribute episodes, a la Madonna, Britney Spears and, most recently, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours?
If we do any tributes next year, it will only be one. We'll make a two-hour television movie out of it, and that will be it. I don't want to reveal what the tribute is about, but we finally got permission.
How do you see the show evolving in Year 3?
It's senior year, and we're writing toward an ending that's very emotional and dramatic. I've always been adamant that the show should be real in terms of timeline. Next year, there will be four new castmembers, kids that come in with their own stories. We're hiring five new writers who start in June. I believe in the law of physics: You go from being an underdog to whatever the show became -- award-winning.