'Glee' Changes Already Under Way After Cory Monteith's Death

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Cory Monteith Glee Season 5The world is still reeling from the sudden death of Cory Monteith at just 31. But with his hit show, Glee, scheduled to start filming next week, the folks at Fox are already debating the big questions: what happens to Cory's character, Finn Hudson, in season 5?

What will Glee look like without Cory Monteith? For that matter, will the Glee premiere in September even happen?

Already that last question is looking doubtful.

The cast had already shot photos to promote the upcoming season -- including the set above that Cory's girlfriend, Lea Michele, posted on her Instagram account -- but actual filming, as I mentioned, wasn't set to start until next week.

Glee was set to premiere on September 19, in time to whet Gleeks' appetites for action at McKinley before Fox switches to baseball programming in primetime for the World Series. But that requires filming, and with the cast reeling, especially Lea, forcing them to get onstage and act would be downright cruel.

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Not only that, several of the episodes were reportedly already written ... written, we'd imagine, with Finn in them. They'll all have to be re-written before anyone can walk into the choir room and start singing.

That means delaying filming. And that could delay the Glee fall premiere until November, according to reports.

And what will the premiere be?

So far, the network is mum. But this Gleek hopes the writers will be sensitive, especially to the feelings of Lea Michele, who is already facing the loss of her love in real life. Doing anything drastic with Finn on-screen means making her re-live that pain with a camera catching her every movement.

True, she's a professional, but she's still a human being. And the writers can make this a little easier on her and the rest of Cory's friends.

The fact is, they don't have to kill Finn off as other shows have done when their stars died off-screen. They have a storyline already in the works to write him off kindly -- just send him to college to pursue his teaching degree so he can take over for Mr. Schue one of these days.


It means we don't forget that Cory existed, but we don't have to see Finn killed off either, and Lea won't have to face another man as Rachel's love interest.

Of course, it won't be easy to tug at our heartstrings without the Finchel storyline front and center, but that's really out of everyone's hands at this point.

Gleeks, what do you want the show to do with Cory's character?


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nonmember avatar kaerae

I don't watch the show, but I'm glad that Cory's actions, though tragic, won't result in the show ending and people losing their jobs. Life does go on, you can't close every workplace where a drug addict who overdoses worked.

Lori Harrison

That is rather rude, Kaerae. We don't know what caused his death yet.

ZamEnt25 ZamEnt25

It's so sad. I don't even think I can watch anymore. I eerily remember last season, thinking I would never see him on the screen again. #Shuddering

Now I know for sure it will be so. Glee will never, ever be the same. Also, how completely and totally disgusting for Lea to have to say anything about Finn.

My heart hurts for her bc to us he was Finn, to her, he was her Corey. SO SAD! Gone too soon!

N it makes me wonder WHY The Stir writers aren't voicing their concerns about prescription drugs, and the whole legalizing illegal drugs!

Sharon Johnson

Replace him with another actor, I like his character and if that doesn't work, write the character off.

nonmember avatar Tiny tina

I think they should go ahead and have him die. Glee has never shied away from controversy or the hard story. Also, there was no guarantee Rachel and Finn were getting back together. I kinda hope they bring Puck back as a regular character who will fill the role Finn was playing. Mark may need to work on his acting, but I think he can do it and Glee watchers will love him.

Sylvia Stein

  No one really knows what is going to happen.  I am sure that whatever they decide will honor Cory Monteith and the legacy that he left for everyone- including his girlfriend Lea Michele.    However there was no need for the insensitive comment from kaerae I agree with Lori!  


Syl Stein 

Anthony Fort

Make an entire episode of puppets and have him written out that way, in puppet form.

Chad Crutchfield

I think they have to kill his character off. And then they can do a tribute episode to Finn/Cory. It will allow the cast, crew, and fans to say goodbye in an appropriate format.

Shawn Cannon-Mcfadden

I believe they will have to kill him off. It's sad, yes, but one of the things that we love about Glee is that it tackles real issues that kids are facing. Death is one of them.

nonmember avatar Michael

Glee should use this. Go back to his partying in college with Puck, and have the character die of an overdose because he couldn't get it under control. It hits close to home, right? This show has always been about hitting close to home and portraying the problems of teen life. So do it!

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