The Word: How ‘Glee’ will go on without Cory Monteith
In the wake of star Cory Monteith’s death, many expected “Glee” to push back its fall premiere date to regroup. And it has – from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26. Showrunner Ryan Murphy says that “Glee” is opting to go back into production as soon as possible, thanks to Cory’s girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele.
Murphy said that Michele didn’t want her boyfriend’s death to hurt the livelihoods of his friends and coworkers. ”[Executive producer] Brad Falchuk and I talked to Lea and really asked her what she wanted to do,” he told Deadline. “We laid out every possible option. 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.”
Murphy said that the first two episodes will be Beatles tributes, which were already written. The third episode will address Monteith’s death, and after that the writers will take a hiatus to plan the season.