GLEE Considering Gay Rights Storyline in Russia for Kurt and Blaine
E! News sources confirm that FOX and the Glee team of Murphy, Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan are discussing the idea of focusing an upcoming storyline of the sixth and final season of the series on gay rights in Russia. "We are mulling around the idea of moving Kurt to Russia," says one source.
The recently enacted Russian law which outlaws, "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors," provoked protests within the LGBT community. On Tuesday, New York's Times Square played host to a protest against the next Olympic Games, set to be held in Sochi, Russia.
In the current season of GLEE, Kurt became engaged to his on again-off again boyfriend Blaine (Darren Criss) in an elaborate engagement scene. The storyline was inspired in part by the recent Defense of Marriage Act ruling.
According to the report, creator Ryan Murphy and his production team are entertaining three possible ideas for the final season. One is to move the series' storyline solely to New York City. Another is to move Kurt to Russia. The final option would be to retain a storyline at McKinley High, the series' original setting.
The current season of the FOX musical dramedy has been splitting time between Lima and New York, with viewers appearing to be most enthused with the storylines featuring new Big Apple residents Rachel, Kurt and Santana. Even recent guest stars on the show, including Demi Lovato, and Adam Lambert, have been featured in the New York plotlines. With Glee headed toward its sixth and final season, Murphy has been trying to find a way to end the series without his original plan involving Finn and Rachel.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," Murphy told reporters recently. "I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now."
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