After his recent success with the serial killer drama Dahmer – Monster and psychological thriller The vigilant, writer-producer Ryan Murphy seems to be looking for something more upbeat and light-hearted for his next project. Could that be the return of Happiness?
speaking in the And that’s what you REALLY missed podcast (via ScreenRant), the multiple-time Emmy winner said, “Now I’m in phase with that show [Glee], you know, where it’s like, well, there’s been enough time. Perhaps we should re-examine it as a brand.
“You know, should we do a reboot somehow? Should we do a Broadway musical somehow?
Created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Happiness centered on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. The musical comedy-drama ran for six seasons on Fox from 2009 to 2015 and launched the careers of Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Amber Riley and more.
The show was a huge hit with viewers, but was also involved in its fair share of controversy, most notably the show’s decision to continue following the death of cast member Cory Monteith in 2013. Murphy addressed that decision during the podcast, noting, “If I had to do it over again, we would have stopped for a long time and probably wouldn’t come back.”
“It would be like, ‘That’s the end.’ Because you can’t really recover from something like that,” she added. “It was not a normal death where someone is sick and you can see it. It happened so quickly without warning.”
Monteith was found dead on July 13, 2013, in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. He was 31 years old. An autopsy report stated that the actor died of “mixed drug toxicity” consisting of heroin and alcohol and that his death appeared to have been accidental.
Happiness, Seasons 1-6, Streaming Now, Disney+ and Hulu