Could network wars be responsible for crushing the hearts of Gleeks, “Glee” fans, across America? The popular Fox show won’t be rolling down Central Park West this November, as NBC has reportedly put the kibosh on their performance plans at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
According to an internal Fox memo, the network and Macy’s were “already discussing wardrobe and choreography” and picking out a float for the “Glee” cast to ride on when the store told them the offer would have to be rescinded because “it did not want the Fox series…getting a big fat plug on NBC’s parade broadcast,” according to The Washington Post. A network insider claims the department store had worked out the deal before consulting NBC.The parade and NBC have previously hosted Fox cast members before, but under different circumstances: “American Idol” participants have ridden Thanksgiving Day floats, but they have often been winners from the show’s previous season promoting a holiday release.
Still, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy seems to be taking the slight in stride. “I completely understand NBC’s position, and look forward to seeing a Jay Leno float,” he told EW.com. [The Washington Post, EW.com]