What Does Cory Monteith’s Death Mean for Glee?
It seems a little early to be concerned about something as trivial as Glee in the wake of Cory Monteith’s sudden death. I’m still reeling from the news and haven’t stopped listening to his and Lea Michele’s “Faithfully” since early Monday morning.
Hypable reports that the first two episodes of season five have been written and filming was scheduled to take place in just a few weeks. This time of year is when I would look forward to Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s tweets about returning to set and seeing their Glee family after the break. Now, we just wonder what Cory’s death will mean for the series and for Lea herself.
Glee Season Five Could Air In November 2013
Hypable reports that Fox’s executives and Glee‘s staff met on Monday to discuss moving forward. Fox’s tentative premiere date for Glee season five was September 19 2013. Now, NY Daily News believes that that could be pushed back “to let everyone breathe.”
Monteith’s cast is reeling from the news. Girlfriend Lea Michele asked for privacy during this time and Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez, and Finn Hudson’s first) issued this statement, “Cory was and always will be a part of my own family and a good friend. He was a special part of this world and will be forever missed.”
Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) has not issued a statement or tweeted about his pal’s death. He wore a black ribbon to his Girl Most Likely premiere in New York last night, honoring Monteith. He was scheduled to appear on Live! with Kelly & Michael this morning, but he was a no show. Kelly Ripa did not mention Criss during the hour. He was also scheduled to appear on Good Morning America, but that interview was also cancelled.
Hypable’s Possible Ways For Glee to Handle Cory Monteith’s Death
Hypable did what the rest of us don’t want to think about and figured out a few alternative ways for Glee to handle Monteith’s death. 48% of fans, myself included, believe that Glee should break the fourth wall and talk to the audience about Cory’s life and legacy. We aren’t mourning Finn Hudson, we’re mourning Cory Monteith. A 31-year-old man who lived, breathed, and loved. We should remember him and smile, just like he always did.
A fourth of the voters chose to see Finn Hudson pass away. While this is an option, it would then turn Cory’s death and legacy into Finn Hudson. Other options were to never mention Finn again, jump into the future, and give Finn a happy ending off-screen.