Executive producers and TV showrunners are generally tight-lipped about future storylines. Of course, it’s an understandable policy to keep most things under wraps to avoid spoiling the fun for viewers.
head honcho Ryan Murphy
seems to have a different way of keeping his secrets, though. As opposed to dropping the old “no comment,” Murphy has developed a bit of a reputation for … well, misleading the press — and, in turn, the fans.
When it was reported recently that “Glee” would be doing a Justin Bieber-centric episode
this spring, Murphy was quick to refute the claims. “Glee is not doing a Justin Bieber
tribute episode. We are not doing any more of those this season,” he said
. “We are doing an episode where Sam sings a JB song to win Quinn back, and
copies his hairstyle. But it’s a small part of a big episode.”
Despite Murphy’s statement, insiders say that Bieber’s presence in the episode is more than Murphy lets on. Deadline says that three Bieber songs are featured, and producer Brad Falchuk tells Zap2it
that after Sam sings a Bieber song to Quinn, “A lot of the other guys are sort of impressed by that, so they want to get involved.”
So while it may not be a tribute episode per-se, Murphy’s claim that only one Bieber song is used may also be misleading.
It’s not the first time the media has been “confused” by Murphy’s statements. In July, Murphy told the press that he had plans to keep Rachel and Finn together as a couple for most of Season 2.
“Rachel and Finn kind of broke up twice,” he said. “Let’s keep them together, these
two very different people, and let’s really see how — in an entire
season, with no breakups — what does that couple look like at the end of
Of course, Rachel and Finn broke up in the first half of Season 2, disappointing hopeful fans of the couple. We’re sure Murphy didn’t have pans for the entire season locked down when he spoke up in July, but it’s a good example of a time when saying too little may have been preferable to saying too much.
The bottom line is, pretty much, not to believe anything about “Glee” until it happens on your screen on Tuesday nights. We should have learned our lesson when reports leaked that Kurt’s new boyfriend would be a “big blond quarterback” as Jane Lynch put it
. The big blond quarterback (Sam) turned out to be a bit of a gay herring, if you will. It’s possible that he was initially cast to be Kurt’s love interest, but thus far, he’s decidedly straight.
If Murphy is skewing rumors to keep things surprising for the audience, it’s well within his rights as the boss of the show.
Of course, it’s also within our rights as fans to take things with a grain of salt. Color us skeptical, Mr. Murphy.