‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy Reveals Changes In Script Following Cory Monteith’s Passing


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?


  • CherryCola

    I am so saddened by the loss of this great talent and his contribution to the story of Glee really is going to be sorely missed. Ryan is absolutely correct in that the only way forward is to have the character pass away as well. Finn’s connection to the Rachel character would never simply fade away as the protection and love shown for her was stuff that love stories all really try to capture – unconditional in a way and full of sensitive sacrifice. I’m glad they’ll be doing a tribute to him, he deserves it for bringing this series a real soul. He was a flawed character that really came out and grew over the years which made him hard to dislike. Even when he was at one time influenced by homophobic friends in the series, he managed to encapsulate the changes and learning along the way as any teenager would and became a better more balance man as a result. I was so impressed with the characters development and I can only attribute this to both the writing and the actor’s gentle handling. Corey really will be sorely missed.

  • Sal val

    I hoped they would do this, just for once i wanted a show to take the easy road. Like finn had gone into a gas station or shop late at night, it got robbed, finn tried to talk them out of it but got shot. It seemed rather finn like

  • Alecia

    I’ll be honest, I am like Trent in that after the first season, I got less interested. Second season I still watched but it wasn’t the same. It wasn’t necessarily because of the actors but mainly the writing. As a writer, that’s what I narrow in on more than anything.
    However, I always loved Finn’s character and from what I’ve heard this past week it seems like Cory was very much Finn in a lot of ways. And while we unfortunately see the end of his character’s journey, I think giving him a proper goodbye is the only way to go. What I really hope for is that Ryan uses this as an opportunity to emphasize to the younger viewers about how sinister drugs can be.

  • Emma

    Seems appropriate. But god knows how the cast will get through filming that episode…can’t imagine how horrible that will be for them, especially Lea. Hopefully they do keep it upbeat.

  • Joan

    I’ve been so disappointed with the last few seasons of Glee that I honestly fear what may come out of it. At this point (and since a LOT of times Glee has shown no care for sense and continuity) I think I would rather have them drop the fourth wall and address Cory’s passing directly instead of turning it into a storyline. I’d rather they did a tribute episode, have the cast, crew and fans (if they are willing) remember Cory… I don’t know.

    I have my doubts of whether Glee can truly do service to this type of storyline. I don’t think you can have Finn die and then go on with usual Glee business. You can’t have him die and then not deal with the aftermath [which is one of Glee’s biggest problems. They recently had an episode addressing a school-shooting, and by the next episode everyone was handy dandy with everyone.] Death, specifically, is also a different kind of beast. It is the kind of aftermath that last for more than a single episode. Consider Rachel’s life changed forever. And, with Lea playing Rachel, it’s not the kind of thing I envision watching in TV as entertainment. I’d almost feel like I’m intruding. It’s such a delicate situation. I just hope that whatever they do, it isn’t turned into a spectacle.