So Here's The Sad, Sad Plan for The Future of "Glee"

7/21/2013 8:00 AM PDT, by
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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? 
Filed Under:  Cory Monteith , Interview

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Chiconahui
407 days ago

Yeah! cancel the show and let down fans, actors and crew... all because of a junkie... how stupid is that? good thing that they decided to go ahead with the show... after all noone has to pay for the lousy mistakes of one SOOPID person...

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Sharon Shelton Forehand
405 days ago

I have a thing to say to the one who first posted a comment. Evidently, you have never had a family member or friend who have alcohol or drug addiction. They should not be called "junkies". They have a disease. Some people can quit. Some people can't quit. You don't know why he started at all. I want Glee to continue. The fans need to see that even in death, life still goes on. I think that Cory would have wanted it that way.

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WarBound
405 days ago

Why don't they just say Rachel found Finn dead of a Heroin overdose and they can then move into a more educational sphere to include drug use with texting and gay acceptance. Wouldn't it be better to teach the people who watch this than to gloss it over?

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Ray Whiteney
405 days ago

just get another actor to play his part

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Tyler
405 days ago

If they let another actor play Finn, then fans will notice and stop watching it. They hate inconsistencies, and are sticklers for detail.

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Lynaia Rivera
405 days ago

They should make it to were Rachel finds out that she is pregnant with Finns baby :)

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AS
405 days ago

I wouldn't call it "strange". It just sounds like they will celebrate his life and try to move on. Following the private mourning of a loved one's death, it's what human beings do.

smartshopmom
405 days ago

They should not cancel the show or replace Cory's part with another person.While it is very sad and tragic that they lost him is such a very terrible sad way I don't think the rest should pay for this tragedy, fans or cast and crew alike.I don't think they should go with the drug or achohol route either as it has never been present in his part on the show.In his part he played an upstanding kind of guy and even though he was sick off stage he was still a decent person and I am sure he would be sad to see everyone else pay for his illness. I am sure there was enough of that in his off screen life. Perhaps they could address those issues later with a new person coming into the show as a teen with secret troubles that others can challenge the issue in a healing way. No matter how they choose to let him go it will be painful enough knowing that he is gone in real life for everyone as it is. My deepest sympathy to his family ,friends , cast and crew.

Lexi
405 days ago

I'm sorry, but I don't get why everyone wants the show to continue. I'm as big of a Gleek as the next hormonally-imbalanced teenage girl, but this is as weird as what the creators of Eight Simple Rules did. A main character just died, and we're going to just continue on? Make the cast and crew all suffer AGAIN? It just seems disrespectful, and that's coming from someone whose been active in theatre all her life. So strange.

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suz
404 days ago

i going to miss him so much and Chiconahui he was not a junkie he had problems. He needed the right help but didnt get it in time such a sad lost but we got to get over it and move on RIP Cory Monteith you always be in our heart you never be forgotten <3 <3

Gleefan
404 days ago

Chiconahui you are an insensitive, disrespectful, ignorant piece of work. Cory was a man who knew he had problems and gave back to charities that helped people like him. Cory also is not his addiction he was much more than that and should be remembered as such. He is a son, friend and partner and you should respect how they feel if nothing else. If you have nothing better to say about the deceased then you should stop trying to gain attention with your B.S.!!

Karen
404 days ago

As any proffesional actor, athlete, singer etc.. They know that the show must go on. Yes, he was one of the lead characters of the show, yes it's going to be different knowing that he's gone. The best way is to give a special episode in the memory of the character. It's very sad, but its a process and they have to move on. It'll be very unprofessional for the show to stop filming. Even in some episodes when Finn wasn't around, the show seemed to get around. Ryan Murphy knows what he's doing, I hope we give a positive feedback. This season is going to hit hard, but as a supporting fan, I'm going to support the show till then end. Leah is a strong person, she's not a quitter, seeing that the love of her life is gone. She's strong enough to move on and keep working on the show. Big pat in the back.

RaeLee
404 days ago

I think this will basically be rubbing salt in a fresh wound. I don't know it can be done in an upbeat way, if it is a death of a loved character -- and by extension of that - a loved person/actor. I get that it can't just be non-existent but why not at least let Cory's character, Finn, be allowed an honorable exit from the show. He had wanted to join the military -- why couldn't that be his story? Or that he went on to college? Yes, as fans we will know the real reason, but why does another death - even fictional - need to happen?

I also heard there was going to be an extended hiatus following episode 3. Again, I disagree! It's like taking away the support system from the fans right after watching this favorite character die! I've been a Glee fan since the beginning --- stuck with it even when the stories started to suck! I think this poor handling of Finn will be the end for me,

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Teigan
403 days ago

They should say he has gone back to the army so we at least still have Finn. They should have some deleted scenes of Finn in the army and show them it would keep all of the gleeks and the cast happy.

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Lynn
403 days ago

Chiconahui and Travis...4 words...your ignorance astounds me!

rdm
403 days ago

why do a rachel/finn pregnancy storyline?? so the poor girl can act something out that she will never have with him in real life?!?! that would be so horrible!!

robklint
402 days ago

Let's just be honest, GLEE lost its sparkle when Rachel graduated. The writers have obviously been struggling for workable, successful and interesting story lines, and they have failed miserably. This is a perfect way for GLEE to die with Finn ( Monteith ). While it was good in the first couple seasons, it's time for it to go. They will leave with huge ratings, but people will only be watching for the tear jerker that they are bound to write and to honor Monteith.

Ed
402 days ago

Grieve in an "upbeat" way? Murphy is an idiot. I don't envy Cory having to ever been near the creep.

Ed
402 days ago

Grieve in an "upbeat" way? Murphy is an idiot. What straight guy would want to be mentored by this creep?

Ed
402 days ago

I pity Cory having to work with Murphy and his yes men. What is "upbeat" grief? No one will leave the show because they are clinging to it. Even death can be milked.

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