Yesterday we learned that the executives on Fox‘s Glee had delayed production on the upcoming season, following the sudden death Cory Monteith. As many of us now know, Cory passed away about a week ago at age 31, having suffered from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin. We had some interesting reactions to the news about the delayed production (and delayed season premiere) of Glee, with PITNBr DJ noting that executives often just need time to figure out how an actor’s death will affect the show and their brand, and PITNBr janaegal expressed some curiosity about how writers for the show would handle Cory‘s passing. Well, today we have an update from Glee creator Ryan Murphy (thanks, PITNBr whit) detailing the plan for Cory Monteith‘s character. Click inside for more.
People has the story:
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is speaking out about the death of Cory Monteith and revealing how the show will handle the loss of one of its biggest stars.
“It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better,” Murphy said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Fox, which airs Glee, announced Friday that the series has delayed production, as well as its fifth season premiere date, in the wake of Monteith’s death at 31 from a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.
“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?” Murphy said in the interview. “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.”
As for Monteith’s character Finn Hudson, McKinley High’s football star-turned-glee clubber, Murphy says the role will not be re-cast. The current plan, he says, is to pay tribute in the season’s third episode.
“The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass,” Murphy says. “When we do the tribute episode to that character, we’ll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week – but do it in an upbeat way.”
Murphy also says he spoke with Monteith’s costar and real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele, telling her he would understand if she didn’t want to return to Glee. But, he says, she said that was not an option.
I’m very curious to hear how Glee fans feel about this storyline. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense to me that Cory‘s character would be written out of the show in this way. I mean, of all the options, it seems to be the best. However, I didn’t watch the show so I don’t know exactly how this would feel as a fan. And I can only imagine how difficult it will be to watch this third, tribute episode (or to perform in it).
What do you guys think of the decision to write Cory‘s passing into the Glee storyline? Does it seem like the right thing to do?