July 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm #288117
Ryan Murphy has finally given some hints at how the new season will go down in light of Cory Monteith’s untimely passing. Since how he handles this tragedy is going to be a defining moment for him and the series, I thought I’d take it out of the tribute thread and into the season 5 one instead.
Ryan Murphy Discusses Cory Monteith’s Death, Glee‘s Tribute Episode
Jul 20, 2013 04:42 PM ET
by Sadie Gennis
Ryan Murphy has spoken out for the first time since Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead last Saturday.
Following the announcement that Glee will return to production next month, many fans voiced concerns that this didn’t allow for a proper mourning period. But Murphy explains it was a unanimous decision by Glee‘s cast and crew, including Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele.
“We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work,” Murphy told Deadline. “We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn’s character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don’t know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot.”
The tribute episode to Monteith will be written by Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, and Michele will serve as a creative consultant. “For many of the people we work with who are very young, and also for the fans of the show, this is probably the first time they have experienced death, and that was not lost on any of us here,” Murphy said. “I understand that everyone has their own way of processing grief. Every possible option was explored, and what we did was look to the people who loved Cory, who worked with him most, and specifically Lea. This is what they wanted to do.”
Fox let Murphy decide how to proceed in the wake of Monteith’s death and in no way pressured the quick return to set. “We were left with the decision, what do you do? Do you . . . shut down the show? Come back in December and January? We considered every option, and decided to do what the cast and crew felt best,” Murphy said. “They wanted to be back on the set, where there is a sense of security, and where they can grieve together and talk about him. When that happens, we will have grief counselors for the first two weeks to help everyone through it. . . . Will we have a truncated season? I just don’t know yet. Lea blessed every decision. I told her even I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to write about the death of someone I love. She wanted people to be together. She and Cory were the young leads of that show. Lea has been a leader all through this difficult process.”
Monteith, who died due to a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin, completed his latest rehab stint last spring. Murphy admitted it was hard to watch someone so close struggle with substance abuse. “It is so very sad and tragic,” Murphy said. “Cory wasn’t just an actor on one of my shows. He was very important to me, and I was very invested in his sobriety. When I heard what was happening to him, I organized an intervention and got him into rehab last March. We socialized and we also fought, because while he was a lovely sweet guy, he was also a leader on the set, a strong personality and the only analogy I can think of is that he felt like an older son to me. . . . It was a tough and very emotional day and the last thing he said before he left was, ‘I want to get better.’ And I believed him.”
While the showrunner had originally envisioned a fifth season that had a strong focus on Monteith’s character Finn, he’s hoping that the revised season has the potential to help others avoid a similar tragedy. “One of the most gratifying things about Glee is that when the show is at its best, it has helped young people and given them information about the human condition that moves and informs them,” Murphy said. “What we’ve been talking about in the writer’s room is that maybe the way we deal with this tragedy might save the life of someone.”August 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm #288119
It has been confirmed that seasons 5 and 6 will be the final seasons.August 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm #288120
And in other news, the Emmys are entertaining a tribute for Corey. Listen, death is sad and all, but lets stop with acting like he’s worth the estate of James Dean. And I’ll keep it cute and on mute on Lea’s new EP credit she got out of the whole thing.August 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm #288121
Not to sound insensitive, but having a special tribute for him at the Emmys is kind of ridiculous; he should just be recognized along with everyone else in the in memorium section. This screams of a cheap attempt to get young Glee fans to watch, and is actually kind of shameless.August 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm #288122
Tell it like it T.I.I.S., Gabriel! I was against James Gandolfini getting one, but he would deserve one before Corey.August 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm #288123
More info from the press tour:
“Glee” will likely end after season 6
by Lynette Rice on Aug 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM
UPDATED:Glee will likely end its run after season 6—the final year in the drama’s current deal on Fox. “I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons,” Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters on Thursday. “Never say never, but there’s two very clear [story] arcs to get to that end and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout we like . . . [but] right now, we’re thinking two seasons.”
Reilly also said the drama will address Cory Monteith’s death in the third episode , during which Fox will air public service announcements about substance abuse. The fifth season premiere of Glee is set for Thursday, Sept. 26, a week later than originally scheduled.
Monteith, 31, was found found dead July 13 of an overdose.
Drugs, however, will not be the cause of death for Finn (Monteith). Reilly could not say how Creator Ryan Murphy will deal with the character’s passing since the script has yet to be completed. The PSAs will address drug abuse and how it’s short-sighted to assume addicts only look or behave in certain ways.
“When you see some people struggle with addiction, they are easily put in a category. ‘He was dark, she was always a partier,’” Reilly said at the Television Critics Tour in Los Angeles. “Cory was big open life force. He was not a problem, he looked straight as an arrow. He was open about his addiction in the past, just not as open about it in the presence. Everybody was shocked, but this was an accident. It happened to someone struggling with addiction.”
Reilly also said proceeds from the music sold from the episode will go to Monteith’s family.August 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm #288124
They had to kill Finn off on the show but that is going to be one tough episode to watch for Glee fans.August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm #288125
I agree with all of you saying that Cory doesn’t deserve his own separate special tribute on the Emmys. If anyone should, it’s Gandolfini. But maybe just mention both of them right before the tribute starts.August 1, 2013 at 11:53 pm #288126
The first two episodes of the season are going to be “celebratory Beatles-themed episodes,” and then the third episode will cover the exit of Finn’s character from the series.August 2, 2013 at 12:48 am #288127
And in other news, the Emmys are entertaining a tribute for Corey. Listen, death is sad and all, but lets stop with acting like he’s worth the estate of James Dean. And I’ll keep it cute and on mute on Lea’s new EP credit she got out of the whole thing.
Do you have a source for Michele getting producer credit? I thought that they were just using her as a creative consultant on the third episode.August 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm #288129
Does anyone else feel like if Lea Michele gives a tour de force performace this season( which I personally feel like she does every other season) she could get nominated again? I know how highly unlikely it is, but with the hype surrounding Cory’s passing I wonder if hype and empathy for her could go a long way?August 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm #288130
That hype will have completely faded by the time voting began, and there will be a lot of new ladies next year, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Michele isn’t someone that elicits veteran-based recognition like Lynch.August 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm #288131
I thought that Renaton, my obsession with her is clearly getting in the way! You’re points are extremely valid, thankyou.August 3, 2013 at 10:01 am #288132
Lea probably is going to get nominated and submit the third episode from this upcoming season and possibly win. I always thought she was incredible but Cory’s death is absolutely going to create a feeling of sympathy and empathy plus if she does what we all know she can do………great actress + a big ballad should equal emmy.