After Glee extra Nicole Crowther lost her job by spoiling the identity of the prom king and queen over Twitter, 20th Century Fox Television is rethinking its contract terms. Surprisingly, the studio hadn’t had any clauses keeping extras like Crowther silent, ostensibly because their involvement with the show is so limited. But now an insider says that Fox may rework its deals with everyone involved in the show — including the main cast — to punish for any and all plot leaks over social media.
Fox is following fellow big studio Disney, who changed its contracts in 2009 and added various specific terms: There were seven forbidden actions (including spoiling, of course) that cast and crew could not engage in, and they were forbidden to do so over Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
The thing is, part of what has cemented the interactions between fans and the cast has been the actors themselves: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and others often tweet photos and hints at upcoming episodes. The photo accompanying yesterday’s spoiler post — of Finn sitting alone at the prom — came from Monteith, and Michele made it clear that Jonathan Groff would be returning as Jesse St. James thanks to a twitpic of the two of them on-set. As one LiveJournal commenter said, The random spoiler-y tweets and pics make them much more interesting. I’d hate for that to be gone cause of this chick.
I think that there’s nothing wrong with offering up spoilers as long as you do so with the 0ption of not reading: either warning before people read the tweet, or providing an external link that they can click if they want to. Part of Crowther’s mistake was that she just blurted out the spoiler; maybe she would have been less harshly punished if she had practiced some discretion.