‘Glee’ Season 5: Cory Monteith’s Death Pushes Premiere to November?
The entertainment community and ‘Glee‘ fans around the world remain in shock at the recent death of actor/singer Cory Monteith, whose autopsy results will reportedly emerge today after the 31 year-old FOX star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. Production has not yet determined how the musical series will proceed without one of its main stars, but one source says production will be delayed a month, pushing the ‘Glee’ season 5 premiere to November.
‘Glee’ had been scheduled to begin production on its first season 5 episodes next week, two of which had already been written and heavily featured Monteith’s character Finn Hudson, who sat out the final episodes of Season 4 while Monteith checked himself into a rehab facility. Now, a source tells the New York Daily News that production may end up delayed by a month, “to let everyone breathe.”
FOX has declined to comment on the matter, apart from their initial press release of condolence after the death. The same goes for series creator Ryan Murphy and Monteith’s real life girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. The network had previously scheduled the ‘Glee’ season 5 premiere for September 19, ahead of the post-season baseball coverage that in previous years has preempted ‘Glee.’
‘Glee’ season 5 had already been in for major cast changes, as longtime series stars Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley and Harry Shum, Jr. stepped down as regulars, while Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty) and ‘The Glee Project‘ alumni Blake Jenner and Alex Newell were promoted as such. ‘American Idol‘ runner-up Adam Lambert was announced to join the cast, but it remains to be seen in what role or for how long.
Monteith’s death also coinciding with Comic-Con 2013 could mean that major announcements of the series’ fate won’t arrive until at least next week, after a clearer picture of what ultimately happened has emerged. What do you think? Should ‘Glee’ move forward with the tragedy, or take time to retool the series?