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'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

'Glee' recreates two more Beatles album covers -- EXCLUSIVE

In the first part of Glee‘s two-part Beatles tribute, the Glee kids covered everything from “Yesterday” to “Help!.” In the second episode, airing this Thursday, the McKinley High crew will tackle six more Beatles numbers, including “Hey Jude” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (Just think of the costumes!). But all the music — not to mention celebrating a new proposal — didn’t get in the way of the Glee crew having a little fun.

Last week, EW exclusively showed you album recreations of Abbey Road and Let It Be. Today, check out Blaine, Tina, Sam and Jake interpreting Meet The Beatles, above, and The Beatles (aka The White Album), below.


'Glee': This ad for the Cory Monteith tribute episode is perfect

Glee may be returning for a new season tonight with the first of two, energy-filled Beatles-themed episodes, but let’s be real. All eyes are looking to the upcoming Cory Monteith tribute episode, partially because we don’t know what to expect.

But if this ad, tweeted today by Glee creator Ryan Murphy, is any indication: It’s going to be done with respect — and probably make us all cry.

The episode, titled “The Quarterback,” airs Oct. 10.

'Glee' season premiere scoop: Watch Rachel audition for 'Funny Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Glee‘s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) has been dreaming of being a Broadway star her entire life. Last season on the Fox hit, she got a callback for the lead in a revival of Funny Girl and, in this week’s premiere (airing at 9pm this Thursday on Fox), we get to see how she does. EW has an exclusive sneak peak of the audition, featuring cameos by The Twilight Saga‘s Peter Facinelli and Ringer‘s Ioan Gruffudd. Watch below… READ FULL STORY

'Glee' First Look: Does this mean Blaine and Kurt are [SPOILER]? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Last season’s finale of Glee ended with Blaine (Darren Criss) contemplating proposing to soul mate Kurt (Chris Colfer). Well, we don’t know if he goes through with it or not, but based on this exclusive photo from the Sept. 26 premiere, the pair are getting along just fine.

But, Criss says, this is not Kurt accepting Blaine’s hand in marriage; he’s merely agreeing to date the former Warbler again. Blaine still pulls out all the stops for the wooing with a marching band accompanying him on The Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” (the two-part premiere is a tribute to the iconic British band). “Well, Glee never skimps,” Criss says of the elaborate number. “A simple question is not going to escape an elaborate gesture on Glee, that’s for sure.” What can Criss say about a potential Klaine engagement? Not much. Teases the actor: “There’s definitely going to be an answer to what Blaine is going to do within the first two episodes.”

'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' stars 'Come Together' in Beatles tribute promo -- VIDEO


Before Glee pays tribute to late star Cory Monteith on Oct. 10, the show’s first two episodes will pay tribute of a different sort, with a two-part all-Beatles premiere. Now, we have our first look at the episode — and our first listen, as a group performance of “All You Need Is Love” plays over the 30-second spot.

Watch your favorite McKinley High students, staff, and alumni feting the Fab Four below:

'Glee' scoop: Details on the Beatles tribute episode revealed!

Glee will begin its season with a two-part tribute to one of the greatest bands of all-time, The Beatles. Now, Columbia Records has released the full track-listing for the elaborate episode and announced there will be a special Glee/Beatles album out Sept. 24, just two days before the premiere. See the listing below. READ FULL STORY

Eliza Dushku, Jayma Mays and Santigold play the new Time Angels on 'NTSF: SD: SUV::' -- PHOTO

A trio of sexy super agents called the Time Angels are returning to Paul Scheer’s crime show parody NTSF:SD:SUV:: , but you might notice something a little different about them this time around. Namely, that they are not Minutes (Kali Hawk), Hours (Stacy Keibler) and Seconds (Natasha Leggero). Introducing your new set of Angels: Dash, Clock and Millie, portrayed by Eliza Dushku, Jayma Mays and Santigold, respectively. This all-girl police unit from the future journeys back to the Wild West circa 1869 to ensure that the maiden voyage on the Intercontinental Railroad goes smoothly. READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato headed to 'Glee'

Thursday nights on Fox will be all about Demi.

Demi Lovato will be joining the cast of Glee this season, according to star Lea Michele, who just tweeted, “Such amazing news that two of my very best friends are going to be on #Glee this year! @ddlovato & @PhoebeStrole! Thank you @MrRPMurphy!”

Demi Lovato is rumored to play Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s who will regularly appear with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, according to TVLine, who reported Lovato was in talks. The current X Factor judge — now known mostly for her music — was an actress on the Disney Channel show Sonny with a Chance.

Theater fans may be more excited for the announcement about Phoebe Strole. The Broadway vet was in the original cast of Spring Awakening with Michele. She also was in the cult fav Hamlet 2 as well as played a pregnant teen in one episode of 30 Rock.

Glee returns with Season 5 on Thursday, Sept. 26.

'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:

Watch the upbeat teaser trailer for 'Glee' season 5 -- VIDEO

The first teaser trailer for the new season of Glee has arrived, and it appears the show wants to remind viewers it’s going back to basics.

It’s upbeat and colorful, with no mention of Cory Monteith or pictures of Finn. Instead, viewers can check out a montage of happy moments from the previous season, alongside the message, “Once again with feeling…Once again with drama…Once again with passion…Are you ready to go once again?”

Mr. Schuster replies, “Let’s get started.” Watch below: READ FULL STORY


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