'Glee' has officially resumed production on its fifth and potentially penultimate season, though only three episodes will shoot before a brief hiatus to retool following series star Cory Monteith's death. The first look at the new season has arrived from Lea Michele herself, while Adam Lambert's upcoming arc has finally been revealed as well.
Earlier today we heard from FOX chairman Kevin Reilly how 'Glee' would handle the death of actor Cory Monteith in its upcoming fifth season, but it seems the real bombshell didn't drop until after Reilly's TCA press tour presentation. We've known that 'Glee' had already been renewed for seasons 5 and 6, but will FOX definitively end the series in 2015?
While we had known that 'Glee''s upcoming fifth season would address actor Cory Monteith's death and Finn's exit from the series by its third episode, we're now learning that the character's death may not mirror Monteith's real-life overdose. That said, the series will shoot several drug-related public service announcements for the episode, and donate proceeds from the music to a charity for Cory Monteith.
Though 'Glee' still has plenty of work ahead in dealing with the death of actor Cory Monteith, in addition to already scaling back a number of roles, it seems yet another actor from the FOX musical dramedy has begun the process of an official exit from the series. Recurring series star Jayma Mays has officially confirmed her departure as high school counselor/love interest Emma Pillsbury, but how long into season 5 will the character remain?
With the passing of Cory Monteith, there was word that ‘Glee‘ might be delayed a month to figure out how to deal with the character's absence, and how to work with the two scripts that were already written for Season 5. Originally scheduled to begin showing on September 19, the Season 5 premiere has been pushed back a week to September 26.
Though the future of the FOX musical dramedy 'Glee' remains up in the air after the tragic death of series star Cory Monteith, it seems the franchise has suffered yet another setback. Oxygen tie-in series 'The Glee Project' has officially been denied a third season, though the reasoning has nothing to do with Monteith's recent passing.
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.
It will be some time before the full truth of 'Glee' star Cory Monteith's untimely death this weekend comes to light, but the conversation will soon turn to talk of 'Glee' season 5 production, which had been scheduled to begin next week. It remains to be seen how the cast and creative team will approach the tricky subject of Finn Hudson's absence, given the first two episodes of season 5 were written to reincorporate the actor into the show.