So Here's The Sad, Sad Plan for The Future of "Glee"
It's been eight days since Cory Monteith passed away after mixing heroin and alcohol, and it's still really, really sad. His family and friends have started to make statements about their loss, and his memorial has already taken place, and now people are starting to wonder about what's going to happen on "Glee" -- not because it's the most important thing at this point, but because whatever's going to happen is going to be heartbreaking for everyone involved. Also, "Glee" is a pretty huge deal.
But we don't have to wonder anymore, because Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the show, has spoken. And it sounds intense:
“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. The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass. When we do the tribute episode to that character, we'll have to do it in a way where the cast members will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week -- but do it in an upbeat way. If we can do this responsibly and help young people through these feelings, that’s the best that we can hope for."
So what's going to happen is that they're going to push the premiere back a week, so that it airs on September 26th, and they start shooting in August instead of at the end of July. The first two episodes, the ones that they shoot then, are going to be a Beatles tribute, and then they're going to take some time to figure out what to do about Cory's character, and that's going to be the third episode.
When Ryan told Lea Michele that it would be all right if she didn't come back to the show, she apparently told him that quitting wasn't an option for her.
Basically, the third episode of "Glee" is going to be heartbreaking and awful and tragic and pretty much the absolute worst. How are they going to it in an upbeat way? How is anybody even going to be able to handle it?