Fox 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?