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.”
Source: E! Online
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.
Source: In Touch
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.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. – Lea Michele
“[Cory Monteith] was the greatest dude you’d ever met. Never met anyone who said anything bad about him. We’re all going thought it. Everybody loved him…I spent more time with him than I have with anyone in my family in the last three or four years…We’re a family. If he’s out there watching, I would want him to look down and give me a high five.” – Chord Overstreet
Glee doesn’t start production on season 5 until next month, but on Thursday, the close-knit cast and crew got together for a private memorial in honor of Cory Monteith, who was found dead July 13 at age 31.
“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” Fox said in a statement to EW. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”
Following Monteith’s tragic death, production on the new season was delayed, as was the season premiere, which is now set for Thursday, Sept. 26, a week later than originally scheduled.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
candids > 2013 > Cory Monteith on the set of the “Glee” photoshoot – June 28, 2013
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There are over 50 HQ candids in the gallery of Cory walking on set of the Glee Season 5 photoshoot and a picture Lea tweeted of a preview of the new promo shots! You can also see a preview for the episode schedule below:
9/19/13 (Th.) 9:00 PM – Episode 1
9/26/13 (Th.) 9:00 PM – Episode 2
10/3/13 (Th.) 9:00 PM – Episode 3
10/10/13 (Th.) 9:00 PM – Episode 4
10/31/13 (Th.) 9:00 PM – Episode 5
Source: The Futon Critic
Will Rachel (Lea Michele) be Broadway’s next baby? Will Blaine (Darren Criss) marry Kurt (Chris Colfer)? Can the kids of New Directions win yet again at Nationals? Find out the answers to all these GLEE-related questions when a new season of the hit musical comedy launches Thursday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following THE X FACTOR.
2010 > Cory Monteith gets coffee at Urth Cafe – October 10, 2010
2010 > Cory Monteith gets breakfast with friends at The Griddle – October 27, 2010
2013 > Cory Monteith and Lea Michele heading to Mercer Kitchen in NYC – June 17, 2013
2013 > Cory Monteith and Lea Michele at LAX – June 20, 2013