So, I guess in writing this post, I’m admitting that I’ve become a fan of The Glee Project. Are you surprised? Really? It combines music and reality shows after all.
It’s addictive. Given the high drama between the contestants who are being forced to live together, to form bonds, and compete against each other for the prize of a limited run in season three of Glee, there’s rarely a dull moment.
The winner is only promised a few episode arc, but Ryan Murphy’s comments every week, coupled with daily announcements of actors/actresses who will be graduated off Glee this season, viewers can’t help but wonder if we’re looking at a crop of potential new freshman.
However, the big question that has been plaguing me is ‘what exactly is a writer’s responsibility to a show?’.
Pictured above is contestant Cameron Mitchel who left the show on his own accord last week. After two weeks of being put into a scenario where he was asked to kiss a fellow contestant during the ‘video shoot’ portion of the show, he decided acting contradicted with his moral/christian values. Ryan’s conversation with him during the previous last chance performances– when the contestant is singing for their life in front of Ryan– mystified me. He said more than once that he liked Cameron and really wanted to write him: a character with strong religious values.
My question: if acting is truly that, why does Ryan Murphy need an actor or actress with strong values in order to write a character who believes in those things. Isn’t writing creating characters and scenarios from the ground up?
What are your thoughts?