For as much as we knew 'Glee' season 5 to be affected by actor Cory Monteith's death, airing two episodes and a tribute before pausing production to retool the series, we were surprised to hear such series stars as Heather Morris and Dianna Agron being left out of the Monteith tribute episode. And while the franchise remains a bit up in the air, Agron's absence may extend much further than "The Quarterback" farewell to Finn.
As we mentioned with the first 'Glee' season 5 promos, the cast and crew of FOX's megahit musical drama find themselves in the awful position of promoting a new season that we know to feature a difficult memorial episode only three hours in, before a brief hiatus to to retool the show. And while the latest round of 'Glee' promos play up The Beatles over Cory Monteith's death, what new details have emerged of Monteith's memorial episode "The Quarterback?"
The cast and crew of FOX musical dramedy 'Glee' have been put in a horrible position by actor Cory Monteith's death, one we recently learned to be more subtly dealt with in the coming season 5. You'd never know it by the first official teaser trailer for 'Glee' season 5, as something (or someone) seems entirely absent from the otherwise cheerful footage.
Even with the initial sting of 'Glee' star Cory Monteith's death behind us, fans of the long-running FOX musical dramedy have been waiting to learn how series creator Ryan Murphy would address the tragedy within the series, whether or not to kill Monteith's character Finn Hudson off, and whether to incorporate drugs into the story. Now, Murphy has opened up to reveal how Finn will exit the drama in season 5, and how the cast pays tribute within.
'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.