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.
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.
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:
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 :( Read More