'Glee' Shouldn't Be Canceled After Cory Monteith's Tragic Death (VIDEO)

Cory MonteithWith the news that The Glee Project is being canceled, the question that naturally follows is: Given Cory Monteith's awful death, should Glee be canceled as well? Network execs say The Glee Project's cancellation has nothing to do with Monteith's overdose, but Fox officials are still deciding what's next for Glee itself. 

I hope that whatever they do, they don't decide to cancel the series -- for Cory's sake.

So much of what made Glee, especially that first season, such a great show were the performances. It's impossible to imagine what the series would have been like without Cory Monteith's adorable, confused, sweet, talented and handsome Finn Hudson. And yes, it's so hard (for Monteith's loved ones especially, I'd think) to imagine the show going on without him. But that's exactly why I hope it does.

I understand the impulse to think the whole franchise should just be finished. When my little sister died just after Christmas last year, I couldn't believe the Earth didn't stop spinning on its axis. Why were people still walking around the grocery store and driving down the street, when life as I knew it felt like it had ended completely and forever? How dare the sun keep rising every morning and spreading beautiful sunsets across the sky every evening? "THE WORLD IS CANCELED!" I wanted to scream at strangers innocently going about their business.

Seven months later, I still feel like that, to an extent. Some days, some moments, are better than others, but every birthday and holiday since has been awful. I find myself, in the middle of this beautiful summer, truly dreading Thanksgiving and, especially, Christmas. But at the same time, through this process of grieving, I also know that it is right, and good, that the world is going on, that MY world is going on. It's right that my family and I are continuing to live our lives, even while it's incredulous to us that we are able to.

Losing someone doesn't mean losing everything they were, nor does it mean losing everything that person means to you. Mourning someone doesn't have to be about a denial of life moving forward. Instead, it helps me so much to try and keep a constant awareness and appreciation of who my sister was, and who she will always be to me.

I miss my her so much, and I'm angry -- so very, very angry -- about her death. But I'm also so darn grateful that I got to know her, that I got to spend 25 years on this planet with her. She is a part of me forever, and I will always do my best to remember her, and honor her, and stay as connected as I can with her. I will not put away my sister's photos, or the things that remind me of her, even though they re-break my already broken heart. I don't want people to stop sharing stories about her, or speaking her name, because as hard as it can be, those memories bring me fierce joy. And I hope that's what the producers of Glee decide to do for poor, lost Cory Monteith. Carry on with life, carry on with this creation to which he gave so much. Show his character's face, speak his name, let him live on as all our lost loved ones live on in our hearts.

That's the best way to honor Monteith and to celebrate his all too brief life.

Do you think Glee should be canceled?


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nonmember avatar Cass

No, of course not. The show has never shied away from difficult subjects, and I think they can work this into a good storyline. Besides, I want to see Rachel in funny girl and Brittany at MIT.

Desirae8 Desirae8

I agree it shouldn't be cancelled. But how is Lea going to be strong enough to carry on with a show that she fell in love with him on? Its heart breaking. I couldn't imagine.

lobus lobus

Yes Finn's character had plateaued anyway. The truly hard part will be watching Lea act. And how will they write him out? Watching Rachel berry mourn a Finn death and watch Lea basically mourn all over again seems kind of cruel.

nonmember avatar Jaybird1103

Although I usually don't watch Glee, I am still shocked by Cory Monteith's death. In my opinion, this is what I think will happen to the show:
1. FOX won't cancel Glee because it had already signed a contract with producer/creator Ryan Murphy for another 2 year renewal, plus the show had just signed LGBT actor Adam Lambert to the show. If it were to cancel now, I'm afraid Murphy would sue FOX.
2. Shift the focus on the show towards the newer cast members (besides Monteith, Dianna Agron has left the show, as well as Brittany Murphy, who is having a baby), and also on the relationship of Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer).
3. The death of Cory Monteith put the show in a real catch 22 situation for Lea Michele, who plays Rachel. Lea and Cory were a couple both on screen (Rachel and Finn) and off. I think it would be difficult for Lea to continue on Glee, and she had planned to leave the show anyhow. I wouldn't be surprised if she does return to Glee, yet I also wouldn't be surprised if her character is either written off or killed off.
In short, the 2013-14 season will be the last for New Directions, the Warblers, the Cheerios, and the rest of the crew at William McKinley High School of Lima, Ohio.

Joshua David Cline

please cancel it. as a day 1 watcher this will only take away more from the story. let it end. it has gotten to the point to where.............. let the reviews fill in the blank!

nonmember avatar meg

I hope they dont cancel glee its one of the few good shows out there in a world of kardasins and honey boo boo this show isnt trashy or skanky.

Ron Jakubisyn

A tasteful tribute followed by the show going on would be just fine. Don't drag out the mourning process. The show should have been about the current Glee kids anyway, not all these spin-off story arcs.

nonmember avatar Karly

I'm sure Cory would want the show to go on without him. I would love for them to do a tribute episode though, just them highlighting the best of Cory/Finn and have the cast talking about him and stuff.

Heather Brooke

Personal opinion -- I don't think it should be cancelled, but I don't see it lasting much longer. Me? I have been a huge Glee fan and supporter from the very beginning; even now when the show is completely stupid and doesn't make sense - I still watch. BUT. After this tragedy - I don't see myself watching it again. I don't want to see the "Finn" death episode. I don't want to see these people, these characters that I've grown to love, bawling and hurting on my television because I know it's not acting, it's real. Like it or not, Finn was one of the core, main characters on this show. I know Finn and Rachel were MY favorite characters. I really don't see Glee lasting much longer after this. I know I can't be the only one that's not going to want to watch anymore.

It's just a horrible horrible awful tragedy. I just wish Cory would have loved himself more. He's going to be sooooooo missed. :(

nonmember avatar rebecca

Sorry for the loss of your sister. I lost my 29 year old nephew in 2007 and although it never stops hurting, it does get easier. I too would have a terrible time watching a Glee episode when Finn dies. :( It would be too sad.

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