Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Ryan Murphy
This weekend, Fox announced that the premiere of Glee would be postponed and now series co-creator Ryan Murphy shares more info on the future of Glee and his feelings about the tragic death of co-star Cory Monteith.
Murphy revealed that the he held an emergency intervention with Monteith at his Paramount office in March. Cory resisted the idea of getting treatment and said he wanted to finish out the season. Murphy says he assured Cory that his job would be waiting for him when he got back so Cory left for rehab.
His subsequent death has been very hard on the cast and the crew says Murphy in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
Once you met Cory, you just sort of instantly fell in love with him because he was both an angel and a devil. He was someone that you just instinctively wanted to protect because you felt like he was a fatherless child, and after a very hard childhood he felt adrift in the world.
Murphy also talked about the producers' struggle to figure out how to deal with the show.
When you’re faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do? Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together.
So what can we expect from Glee this season? Here's what we know so far:
- Lea Michele will remain on the show. After hearing the news of Montieth's death, Murphy told her he would understand if she no longer wanted to be on Glee. According to Murphy, Michele "bravely" said that wasn't an option.
- The show will air a tribute to Cory Monteith. Murphy says they won't work on the tribute episode, which will be the third of the season, until after the memorial so that cast and crew have time to heal.
- The role of Finn Hudson will not be recast. "The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass," says Murphy.
- Murphy will go on hiatus. After the tribute episode airs, Murphy says he will take a long hiatus and try to figure out what to do with the show and how to come back.
Do you think Glee will be the same without Cory Monteith?
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