FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly revealed today that the death of Cory Monteith’s character on Glee will be connected with the late actor’s troubled past.
“The third episode will write Finn out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular,” he said, though Reilly wouldn’t confirm that Finn would die from drug overdose.
Reilly also announced that Ryan Murphy will shoot PSA’s with the cast that will “speak directly with the audience.” Further, proceeds from the music from the third episode will go directly to starting a fund in Monteith’s name.
The Fox boss confirmed that the show going back to work all started with Lea Michele who he called a “pillar of strength” and “an extraordinary human being.”
And when asked about the future of Glee, Reilly said that he doesn’t see the show continuing past season six.
“I would not anticipate it going beyond two more seasons,” he said “Look, never say never, but there’s two very clear arcs to get to the end and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout in life, who knows? But right now we’re just thinking about two more seasons.”
Murphy told us recently in an emotional conversation how he wants Monteith to be remembered: as a champion of young artists and the underdog.
“I hope that that’s how he’s remembered and I think he will be because that’s how he was in real life with his causes and his outreach programs,” the Glee creator said. “Also I think a lot of people, a lot of young kids, have watched the evolution of that character and have been touched by it and hopefully that’s his legacy.”
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“Something that reflects an homage” to late Glee star Cory Monteith is in the works for the September Emmy ceremony, but “what the extent of that is, or how we’re going to approach it… well, it’s too early to tell, Emmy Awards executive producer Ken Ehrlich told Deadline in an exclusive interview during a break today at TCA. But Ehrlich admitted he has been receiving some pressure to pay larger tribute to Monteith, which presents the producer of a three-hour celebration of television with a certain dilemma. “If Cory had passed away in March, we’d have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective,” he said. “The reason we’re getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it.” He added that an homage to Monteith involving music that’s done separately from the annual “In Memorium” honor roll of those who have passed away is indeed under consideration.
Just weeks after the shocking loss of Glee star Cory Monteith, several of his friends and co-workers have announced that they will fund an arts scholarship in his honor.
Adam Shankman, who has directed several episodes of Glee and is also a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, announced the news at a gala for the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a dance charity. Glee co-stars Jane Lynch (Sue), Darren Criss (Blaine), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), and Harry Shum Jr (Mike) have all donated money to a scholarship through the Dance Educators of America (DEA).
“Thanks, Cory, we love you,” Adam said after announcing the scholarship, which will be in Cory’s name.
All four of the Glee actors who contributed to the fund have spoken publicly about their friend’s loss. Jane spoke lovingly about Cory during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, while Jenna posted a note about her colleague on her Instagram account.
Cory’s dead body was found in his room in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver after he failed to check out of his room on time. An autopsy determined that the actor and musician died from an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Filming has been briefly delayed on the upcoming fifth season of Glee while the producers and writers redo Cory’s character’s storyline. His character, Finn, will be killed off of the show rather than recast.
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Having seen Monteith’s portrayal of the affable jock Finn Hudson on “Glee,” director Josh C. Waller was initially hesitant about casting the young star in his gritty indie. (Monteith was suggested to Waller through his agent at United Talent Agency, who also represents Morse.)
“In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” Waller said in an interview on Sunday, hours after the actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. “But when I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly. He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”
In the wake of the actor’s tragic death, four images from the first photographer to shoot the star.
This story first appeared in the Aug. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
He was a 22-year-old unknown in 2005 when he walked into Richard Hawley‘s model management agency in Vancouver. “Richard saw him, signed him up and asked me to shoot him,” says Gary Fitzpatrick, an L.A.-based fashion and portrait photographer who also was starting out.
Fitzpatrick saw in Monteith, who died July 13, the same magnetism that Glee co-creatorRyan Murphy would later recognize when casting the actor.
“He just had this unique combination of sensitivity and vulnerability and maleness that’s very hard to come by,” says Murphy. “He had a very hard childhood. I think that he had always felt adrift in the world. Whenever you meet someone like that, you want to help root them and take care of them, and I certainly did the best that I could over the years.”
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“We were extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Cory,” said Myriad Pictures president Kirk D’Amico in a statement released earlier this week. “He was incredibly talented and giving to everyone he worked with. It is truly tragic to see his life and career cut so short.”
“As a pivotal member of Glee’s dynamic and talented ensemble cast, Cory Monteith contributed invaluably to the chemistry that tuned the show into one of the past decade’s biggest cultural touchstones. He brought sweetness, strengh, and infectious charm to his role as Finn Hudson, the star quaterback who risks losing his popularity to join the glee club. A gifted drummer (Monteith played in the band Bonnie Dune) with relatively little singing experience, he sparkled alongside professional singers and dancers, instilling every musical number with inspiring commitment and energy. Monteith also shared Glee’s commitment to providing hope for struggling gay teens and worked with Straight But Not Narrow, an organization aimed at batting homophobia.” – the U.S. and Canada iTunes stores
On Friday, Fox announced that production on Glee would be pushed back until August in the wake of Cory Monteith‘s sudden death last week. The postponement subsequently moved the show’s Season 5 premiere back a week, to Sept. 26.
The relatively short delay was met with surprise given the enormity of the tragedy, particularly for the show’s leading lady and Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele.
Here, Glee cocreator Ryan Murphy breaks his silence on the actor’s passing, explains the thinking behind the brief postponement (and the role Michele played in the decision), reveals the show’s plan to explore the death of Monteith’s character and offers the first glimpse of how Glee will carry on without Finn.