Season Premiere of 'Glee' Postponed Because of Cory Monteith's Death

cory monteithFox TV has just confirmed that the 5th season premiere of Glee will be postponed because of the sudden and tragic death of cast member Cory Monteith last week.

Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Hotel on July 13, and three days later, the Vancouver police confirmed that the 31-year-old Canadian died of mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.

The statement Fox released on Saturday, July 20, read:

In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series' executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August. No further details are available at this time.

The season premiere of the show, which was scheduled for September 19, has been moved to September 26.

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There's an old saying in Hollywood that "the show must go on." Indeed Glee will go on, just a little later than planned, but probably not late enough to give the cast -- which includes girlfriend Lea Michele -- enough time to mourn and recover from the death of their talented co-star. Though there may never be enough time for that.

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Do you think the Glee premiere should have been postponed? Is it still airing too soon?


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nonmember avatar Melody

I don't think it's too early. I do think, however, that it will prove to be a challenge for his castmates as we know they will have to talk about him on the show and it will be very emotional for them all. I am curious though to see hoe hy handle his death on the show.

nonmember avatar Keyona

I think the post pone is best for them and fans. I just hope it's enough time. I too am interested to see how they will handle his death on the show. My thoughts and prayers are with all the cast members, family, friends, production team, and fans. Once again a talented amazing life was stolen away by drugs.

nonmember avatar Tessa

Ryan Murphy said that Lea Michele was consulted and insisted they go on. She didn't want to wait. Also, he said they would be writing him off by Finn dying. The third episode of the season will address this and be a tribute episode. They are going on a hiatus after that.

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