Grieving ‘Glee’ co-creator Ryan Murphy answered the question about how the show will go on and gracefully deal with Cory’s death. And yes, a tribute is planned. Read on for details.
FOX recently announced that production on Glee would be pushed back until August after Cory Monteith’s sad and sudden death on July 13. Subsequently, the musical dramedy’s fifth season premiere would be pushed back one week, from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26. At the time, there was still no official word on how they’d handle Finn’s future on the series. However, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy finally broke his silence on July 20 and spoke out on how they’ll deal with Cory’s death and how it’ll affect the series.
Finn’s Death On ‘Glee’ — Ryan Murphy Says Tribute Planned For Episode 3
Ryan revealed to HollywoodLife.com’s sister site TVLine that the show plans to write Cory’s death into the series. He also explained how Glee will carry on without Finn.
We were supposed to be on in the fall with four episodes, and that’s just not going to happen. So we’re going to go on the air with two episodes and right now we’re writing the third episode, which deals with Finn’s death – which, you can imagine, is a very difficult episode to write. [It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really making sure that it’s a tribute to Cory. Then, who knows? Maybe we’ll wait to shoot that. We really have to see how everybody feels… We’re going to take a long writers’ hiatus after that episode to refigure the season and continue to take care of the cast and crew and work on setting things up in Cory’s honor – scholarships, what have you – because that’s something we’re dedicated to doing. It’s just a crazy, really difficult, very emotional time. I think what we’re really trying to do is deal with it as a family, which is what that group of people is. Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she’s also one of the strongest people I know. She wants people to be better and get back to work. So that’s what we’re going to do.
Furthermore, Ryan revealed that it was Cory’s Glee co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele, that decided to only push back production for one week.
“We made no decisions without consulting Lea,” he said. “And she was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back together sooner [rather] than later so that mortgages could be paid and people could take care of their families. Cory was so beloved that she felt people really needed to be together in this time. So we sort of followed her lead.”
How courageous. While Lea’s grieving, she’s still worrying about others.
Lea Michele Won’t Be Leaving ‘Glee’
Ryan also confirmed, as HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported, that Lea will be back with the show at the start of season five. He told E! News that if Lea, 26, had wanted to walk away from the show altogether, he would have pulled the plug on the series.
“If Lea had said to me, ‘I could never do this again and I don’t want to do this again,’ you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do? And I would’ve, out of respect to her as a person, said ‘OK,’ but that’s not how Lea operates; that’s not how she feels,” Ryan said.
Cory passed away on July 13 from a fatal combination of heroin and alcohol. He was 31.
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