I don’t know why I’m particularly surprised, but the first promo for Glee‘s upcoming fifth season is surprisingly… upbeat. Obviously much of this was probably filmed before the death of Cory Monteith, and of course the show doesn’t revolve around him/his character Finn, but it is a very odd sight to see the usual carefree singing, dancing and tomfoolery considering all that’s happened.
I’m not a Glee fan and have never regularly watched the show (though I do miss The Glee Project on Oxygen – that show was so addicting, sad to say) so I have no feelings about this either way. Apparently the show will be back next month with a two-part Beatles episode followed by the episode dealing with Finn’s death before going on hiatus. Egads.
August 19, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Cory Monteith‘s untimely death has saddened many, not least of which are his Glee family. Let’s be honest: people are going to think show execs are dicks no matter how they handle his character, Finn’s, storyline when the new season begins this fall. Still, they would like to do him justice by planning a tribute episode before taking a “long hiatus” to figure out the next steps.
“We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work,” [showrunner Ryan Murphy] said. “We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn’s character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don’t know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot.” Murphy will write that episode with co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, but acknowledges they aren’t sure at this early stage what form it will take. They will have to have it ready when they finish the first two segments, which is a tribute to The Beatles, and the trio will write the episode using Michele as a creative barometer.
“For many of the people we work with who are very young, and also for the fans of the show, this is probably the first time they have experienced death, and that was not lost on any of us here,” Murphy said. “I understand that everyone has their own way of processing grief. Every possible option was explored, and what we did was look to the people who loved Cory, who worked with him most, and specifically Lea. This is what they wanted to do.”
Fair enough. I don’t even have anything to say about this – the whole situation is just sad and tragic and it’s a shame. I don’t watch Glee, but I hope those who do will find comfort in whatever they come up with.
July 22, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Damn, this is really sad news. I know we spend a lot of time making fun of celebs here and giving them a hard time – after all, we’re called Evil Beet and it is, of course, all in jest – but there’s no way to write this story up other than to be totally genuine. Glee actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room yesterday at age 31 – incredibly shocking news to just about everyone, even myself.
I’ve never been a fan of the actor or the show, so I’m not sure why this one hit me as much as it did – perhaps because of our similar ages? Perhaps because it was just so out of left field. This is the type of thing you’d almost expect of Lindsay Lohan or someone equally as openly troubled (and I don’t mean that in a rude way), but Monteith himself had been in and out of treatment for substance abuse, most recently in March of this year. Who knows whether he was still abusing drugs, whether his death was a result of years worth of use and his heart just gave out or something else entirely. It’s just pretty sad, I think.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The actor was found at noon Saturday on the hotel’s 21st floor, Vancouver police said in a news conference. He checked into the hotel July 6, and was expected to check out Saturday. When Monteith missed his checkout time at noon, hotel staff went to his room and discovered his body.
Police said Monteith was with other people Friday night. An examination of hotel video footage showed him returning to his room alone early Saturday morning. Police believe he was alone when he died. No cause of death was given and no foul play is suspected, police said. Police are questioning the people he was with Friday night. It was unclear if he was with any Glee castmates or his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Such a shame :( Glee released a statement via their Twitter page following the announcement:
We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person.
— GLEE (@GLEEonFOX) July 14, 2013
He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— GLEE (@GLEEonFOX) July 14, 2013
For more reactions from Cory’s co-stars, head behind the cut. Nothing yet from Lea Michele. Personal feelings about her aside, I can’t even imagine the state that girl must be in :( (more…)
July 14, 2013 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Ah, Charice. If you watch Glee or happened to have accidentally left Fox on and inadvertently got sucked in by an episode of that shit show, you probably know who she is. Maybe only vaguely – I think she was Rachel’s (Le-UGH Michele‘s) competition when she transferred over from another school?
In any case, score one more for the gays, because during an interview on the ABS-CBN show The Buzz on Sunday, she came out as a lesbian:
“Yes, I am a lesbian. But to those who can accept me, thank you very much. We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight.”
Nice! Welcome to the fam, girl. She put a video up on YouTube shortly after, thanking everyone for their support:
“I just wanna say thank you, personally… to all the people supporting me, to all the people who are still there for me.
“Honestly, I’m very, very happy. I can’t explain how happy I am right now hearing all [these] positive things.”
You can watch Charice’s video of thanks below:
June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
It’s hard to report this one without getting into a whole slew of other issues surrounding it, but let’s give it a go. Mark Salling, aka Puck from Glee, was accused last year by ex-girlfriend and Playboy model (because, of course, that totally matters – NOT) Roxanne Gorzela, who claimed that he forced himself on her without a condom in March 2011 – an incident which she sued him for in January this year. He also apparently attacked her and pushed her to the ground when she asked him if he had any STDs.
Anyhoo, Mark has now filed his own suit, saying that Roxanne “entered his home without his permission”, beat him up and scratched his car. That’s the least I’d do to someone who effectively raped me, but whatever.
TMZ broke the story … Roxanne Gorzela — who also works as a DJ — sued Mark in January for sexual battery, claiming they hooked up in March 2011 and Mark forced himself on her without a condom. Roxanne said she was down for sex, but only with protection.
Roxanne said she went back to Mark’s house March 15th to confront him … and found him in bed with another woman. Gorzela says she demanded proof he had no STDs — and he attacked her, pushing her to the ground.Now, Mark has filed a countersuit … in which he tells a VERY different story. In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ … Salling says Roxanne barged into his house without permission, yelling uncontrollably and hitting him on the chest, arms, and face. But it gets worse … Salling claims Roxanne eventually ran out of the home and turned her wrath on his car — using various items from her purse to scratch it up, causing “substantial” damage. Mark is suing for trespassing, and assault and battery … and demanding unspecified damages.
I just want to say this before we go any further. Only 0.05% of reported rapes are false. That’s it. So before we get into this “she wants his money” bullshit, let’s just say that sure, that might be the case, but the likelihood is that this happened. Here’s a friendly reminder for Mark Salling (and anyone else who might be confused): when a girl tells you she’s down for sex as long as you’ve got protection, that does not translate into ‘I’ll have sex with you as long as we use protection, but if you haven’t got any protection and I tell you no, you can force yourself on me anyway and then say it was consensual if you want!” Like, what?
By the way – if his lawsuit had any validity, it would’ve been filed before she ever even reported the incident to police, not AFTER he was called out for being a scumbag/facing legal action. Ugh, I can’t with people.
May 2, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
If Finn from Glee always looked a little dopey, it’s cos he was strung out on the good stuff, I guess. It looks like singing and dancing about your problems wasn’t enough for Cory Monteith, who’s decided to check into rehab for substance abuse problems for a second time. Having first undergone rehab at the age of 19, the now 30-year-old has voluntarily (aka someone probably gave him an ultimatum) checked into a drug treatment facility.
The actor “has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” his rep tells PEOPLE. “He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”
Also, everyone can rest easy as his real life love affair with Lea Michele (my arch enemy, but that’s a story for another day) will see another day! Much like her character Rachel Berry, Lea loves the spotlight and would never let a chance to hog it go to waste, so she released her own statement:
“I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”
Well, thank goodness for that. In all seriousness, Cory seems like an alright dude and good on him for getting some help again. Hopefully this time it’ll work.