Ryan says the idea for Glee actually came from a potential movie script, but that he was looking for a show to add a breath of fresh air to the dark and gloomy prime-time lineup. "I had wanted to do something optimistic. I thought that there wasn't anything on television that was really sort of upbeat and had a happy ending every week. There's a lot of crime procedurals, and then I got a script by Ian Brennan, one of our writers, who had written a very dark movie version of Glee and ... we decided to take that and turn it into sort of a celebration of the arts. So I'm as shocked as anybody that it got picked up, but it did."