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The Late Greats: Ryan Murphy remembers Cory Monteith

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of Glee, delivered a eulogy at a private memorial service in July for Cory Monteith. Read an excerpt below.

For me, Cory was both the beginning and the ending of Glee…literally.

The first scene of the pilot was Cory’s Finn and Matt [Morrison]’s Mr. Schu. None of us really knew what we were doing. Glee was a musical, musicals had never worked on television, and we were figuring it out as we went along. At the end of his first take, Cory could see I, his director, was a little unsure. He came up to me with a big grin and said, “This is going to be fun.” He was terribly right, and terribly wrong. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy on the show's new end game

Last week’s Finn/Cory Monteith farewell episode of Glee was not an easy episode for fans of the usually joy-filled show, but it certainly paid fitting tribute to the young star, who died at 31 in July, and the popular character whom he portrayed. But it also left a large, lingering question: What next?

Well, according to creator Ryan Murphy, he may have finally figured out how to adjust some major pieces of the puzzle in light of the unexpected and devastating event. “The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end,” he told reporters before a Paley Center event honoring the FX network Wednesday night in Los Angeles. “I knew what the last shot was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was; she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do.”

Murphy said he thinks he has “a good idea” of what his adjusted end game will look like and plans to pitch it to the studio and network this month. “I think it’s very satisfactory and kind of in his honor, which I love,” he said of the new idea.

More immediately, Murphy, who is also in the middle of production on the current season of American Horror Story: Coven, said the next episodes of Glee will be “a little more traditional because [the tribute] episode was so hard on the cast,” he said. Titled “A Katy or a Gaga,” the Nov. 7 episode has “lots of costumes, a lot of great set pieces,” he added.  

While the music continues on Glee, moving on after Monteith’s death hasn’t been an easy — as one might expect. “It’s hard every day,” Murphy said.  

'Glee' Review: An earnest, flawed tribute to the life (not the death) of Cory Monteith

How do you grieve? Emphasis on the you, not so much the how. There is no one and right way to grieve, and any form of it is going to be messy, awkward, and painful. Glee’s tribute to Cory Monteith — who died in July at the age of 31 from a drug overdose — told a story that marked the passing of the character he played, the good-hearted, comically dim high-school jock Finn Hudson. It was an exploration of grief — and a “self-serving spectacle of our own sadness” to quote the always tactful Sue Sylvester — that was, not surprisingly, messy, awkward and painful. As catharsis for fans of Glee and Monteith, “The Quarterback” was much like Finn himself: Earnest, flawed, a little irritating, winning.

The most conspicuous and debatable choice made by Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was to deny the audience an explanation for what caused Finn’s death. Speaking through some opening narration by Finn’s glee-club cohort and stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer), we were told this information didn’t matter, with a tone that made it sound like it was inappropriate for us to even want to know: “Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares?” It played like a passive-aggressive scold to those who only want to dote on Monteith’s death (and yeah, those people are jerks…), not — to again quote Kurt — “how he lived” (… but like we knew him?). READ FULL STORY

UPDATE: 'Glee' debuts trailer for Cory Monteith memorial episode -- VIDEO

The last two episodes of Glee have been upbeat, but that’s going to change next Thursday.

Following Thursday night’s episode, Glee debuted the trailer for next week’s memorial episode for Cory Monteith/Finn, and it’s a doozy. In the first look, the kids are seen putting together a shrine of sorts at Finn’s old locker, while a Glee cover of “Make You Feel My Love” plays over shots of Kurt and Rachel crying.

“[The episode] was very difficult to shoot,” creator Ryan Murphy told reporters yesterday. “Those actors and the crew really loved Cory. They loved Cory. …He was the most kind, the most generous, never a bad word for anybody. so I think what you will see in the episode is what really happened. Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance. The actors and crew had a really hard time shooting it. I’ve never seen a crew where you can’t continue shooting it because they left the room sobbing. It was very hard. I struggled working on it because what you’re seeing is not just what people felt about Finn but Cory.”

“When you write something like that there’s no right way to do it,” Murphy continued. “A lot of the actors contacted me and said, ‘I loved him so much can I please be a part of it,’ so we put them in. It was very rough. It was very rough with Lea [Michele], but I was very proud of it.”

Grab some tissues and watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Emmys to feature special 'In Memoriam' tributes to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, more

In addition to the traditional “In Memoriam” segment of the Emmys, this year’s broadcast will feature a special tribute for “five individuals who warrant special recognition,” according to a press release.

During the ceremony, Edie Falco will pay tribute to her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will honor his Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, Jane Lynch will speak about Glee co-star Cory Monteith, Rob Reiner will take the stage to talk about his All in the Family co-star Jean Stapleton, and Robin Williams will pay tribute to his mentor Jonathan Winters.

The Emmys air Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

'Glee' sneak peek: Who's taking a romantic ride with Artie? -- VIDEO

According to an extended promo for Glee‘s two-part Beatles tribute, fans can expect a Fab Four history lesson — and a surprising new flirtation.

Who is Artie (Kevin McHale) linked up with now? Watch the just-released video below for your longest look yet at season 5, which will likely be the second-to-last year of Glee:

'Glee': Jane Lynch calls Cory Monteith memorial episode the 'most beautiful thing'

Despite an upbeat teaser trailer for Glee‘s fifth season, fans aren’t quite sure what to expect from a season without Cory Monteith’s Finn Hudson.

But we do know at least one thing: The season’s third episode will be a memorial for Monteith. What that episode will hold or how it will fit into the Glee universe is yet to be determined, but Glee‘s own Jane Lynch took to Twitter today after reading the script for the memorial episode, calling it the “most beautiful thing.”

Read her full tweet below:

'Glee': Ryan Murphy says Finn won't die from a drug overdose

Finn Hudson won’t die of a drug overdose, Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced Thursday via an interview with Deadline.

Murphy shared that the Glee crew has been hard at work figuring out how to write Finn Hudson out of the show. As was previously reported, Murphy shared that the first two episodes of the Fox dramedy will be a long-in-the-works Beatles tribute that only needed some slight reworking in the wake of this tragedy.

The third episode of the season will be the memorial episode for Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson. “There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death?” Murphy said. “At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.” READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele from 'Glee' set: 'Feels so good to be home'

Rachel Berry is back.

After the devastating death of co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith last month, Glee star Lea Michele got back to work this week on the show that made its cast famous. To commemorate her return to set, Michele tweeted a beautiful photo of her sitting on the set of Rachel and Kurt’s New York apartment.

See her full tweet below.

Mike O'Malley talks Cory Monteith and 'Glee' future


Mike O’Malley talked about the passing of his Glee co-star Cory Monteith while promoting his new NBC sitcom Welcome to the Family on Saturday.

O’Malley plays Monteith’s stepfather Burt Hummel on the Fox series, and recalled one searing scene in which Finn (Monteith) used a homophobic slur.

“I had many of my scenes on Glee usually with either Chris [Colfer] or Cory and I think I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him,” O’Malley said. “I had to throw his character, Finn, out of the house because of a slur he used. It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over the depth of emotion he was able to portray … the sorrow, the shame…”

O’Malley called Finn the fictional quarterback on the show and a very real quarterback for the cast behind the scenes. “He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show … he was a very hard-working actor. I loved working with him, he was a great guy. I miss him very much.”

O’Malley said he wasn’t sure if he was going to be a part of the Glee episode next season honoring Finn, but said he hopes he will. “Burt is a very important role to me, it’s been a great part and I’ve said to all those guys, ‘I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturday, Sunday, whatever I need to do to participate and continue to be on that show honoring Cory and his passing and that character.”

'Glee' family gathers to remember Cory Monteith

Glee doesn’t start production on season 5 until next month, but on Thursday, the close-knit cast and crew got together for a private memorial in honor of Cory Monteith, who was found dead July 13 at age 31.

“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” Fox said in a statement to EW. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”

Following Monteith’s tragic death, production on the new season was delayed, as was the season premiere, which is now set for Thursday, Sept. 26, a week later than originally scheduled.

Cory Monteith was full of 'love and light,' Jenna Ushkowitz says of 'Glee' co-star

The young stars of Glee were largely unknown before landing their breakout roles back in 2009, and they’ve grown up together in the spotlight. That’s why Cory Monteith’s death more than a week ago hit the group especially hard — they hadn’t lost just a co-star; they’d lost a family member.

Tributes have poured in from Monteith’s co-stars, including Chord Overstreet dedicating a song to his late friend and Dianna Agron remembering his “enormous talent.” Now Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) has posted an Instagram photo of the tight-knit cast along with a message to Monteith:

Ryan Murphy addresses decision to continue with 'Glee'

Glee showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy gave an in-depth interview to E! in which he discussed how Cory Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele was the main reason the show will resume next month despite Monteith’s untimely death on July 13. “Ultimately, the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him,” Murphy said. READ FULL STORY


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