EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Hot Business of 'Glee'
Glee is already on a 24/7 cycle and has been for months. In addition to the crew’s 16-hour days, songs are being produced relay-race-style on two continents so that the music never stops. Before producer Adam Anders goes to sleep in Los Angeles, he hands off the work to Peer Astrom, his partner in Sweden, who passes it back at the end of his day. Once a track is finished, it’s approved by Murphy, after which it can be recorded, choreographed, rehearsed and finally shot. Each step of the production process — and, in fact, everything Glee-related, down to the image of Lynch’s Sue Sylvester on a keychain that reads, "Face it, you want to be me" — requires Murphy’s signoff. Operating all these moving parts costs anywhere from $3.2 million to $3.8 million per episode, a 20 percent budget increase from Season 1, which in Walden and Newman’s eyes is worth every penny.
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