The 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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