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'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.
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Chris Colfer on returning to 'Glee' this week: 'Things will be very different'

While some of his Glee castmates returned to work today, Chris Colfer won’t be joining them until later this week. The actor is currently in New York City promoting the release of the second novel in his The Land of Stories series, The Enchantress Returns. Colfer stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio/SiriusXM 105 this morning to speak with EW‘s Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw about the book and returning to Glee after the loss of costar and friend Cory Monteith.

Asked whether reuniting with his TV family will be cathartic, difficult, or both, Colfer said he honestly doesn’t know. “We’ve had bumps and dips along the road over the course of the years, but nothing like this. I know we’ve always come together — always — in the past, because we are such a family in the cast and the crew. But I don’t know. I’m assuming things will be very different, and I’m sure they’ll be difficult at first. But…. We’ll see. I think I’m positive.” Listen to that portion of the interview below. READ FULL STORY

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

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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.

At TCA, we want answers about 'Homeland,' 'American Horror Story: Coven,' 'Agents of SHIELD,' more

Summer is typically a pretty quiet time for TV fans, but July is full of television news, thanks to last weekend’s Comic-Con and today’s kickoff of the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

As entertainment reporters (including EW’s Inside TV team) settle in for two weeks of TCA presentations, we’re looking forward to the new and returning shows we didn’t catch up with down in San Diego, plus reminding you of all the great news we scooped up during our Comic-Con interviews. Stick with EW.com through Aug. 7 for everything you need to know about these shows and more:
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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:
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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

'Glee' premiere pushed back after Cory Monteith's death

Since Cory Monteith’s death last weekend, fans have mourned the Glee star and wondered: What does this mean for the show? Fox released a statement Friday revealing that the start of production on season 5 — and therefore the season premiere — will be delayed.

“In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August,” the statement read. “Season Five of Glee will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. No further details are available at this time.”

The next Glee season was originally set to debut a week prior, on September 19.

Dianna Agron on Cory Monteith: 'We will always carry a piece of you with us'

Glee star Cory Monteith died suddenly on July 13th, 2013 at the age of 31 — and the actor’s family, friends, and fans are still reeling. Actress Dianna Agron, who played Monteith’s onetime girlfriend on Fox’s hit musical series, has just released the following statement about her fallen comrade:

“I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile. Glee was a gift to all of us. It gave us a family in this industry. We really cut our teeth and grew up on this show. In playing underdogs, we learned that we had dug into the hearts of our viewers and that we could stay there.

“Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent. He was loving to not only me, but my family. My heart goes out to his family, to Lea, to everyone that is struggling with the loss of our friend. We will miss you Cory. We will always carry a piece of you with us.”
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Oxygen cancels 'The Glee Project'

The Glee Project has been canceled, EW has confirmed.

The Oxygen reality show, which had contestants competing for a role on Fox’s Glee, will not return for a third season. A source close to the show told EW the decision was made several weeks ago and that it has nothing to do with the death of Glee star Cory Monteith.

The Glee Project will not be returning to Oxygen, but we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals. The show had so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling,” a network rep said in a statement.

Last season’s winner, Blake Jenner, originally won a seven-episode arc on Glee‘s fourth season, but actually wound up appearing in many more episodes and was recently promoted to a series regular for season 5. Glee actors Alex Newell, Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty all also got their start on the reality show.

Cory Monteith interview to re-air on Bravo

Bravo will re-air Cory Monteith’s appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio in the wake of the young Glee star’s untimely death.

Monteith’s episode of the show originally aired last year. Bravo will repeat the episode, where host James Lipton chatted with the entire Glee cast, on Thursday at 6 p.m.

In addition, Lipton also released this statement to accompany the announcement: “When I appeared as myself on Glee, I auditioned Cory’s character, Finn, for the Actors Studio Drama School — and rejected him. That’s the way Ryan Murphy wrote it. I would have admitted him — in a New York minute. Of course you’ll want to know how Cory responded when I asked him the question, ‘If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?’ Cory’s God said, ‘Uh, sorry I haven’t been around. There’s a good explanation.’ I certainly hope there is.  We needed Cory’s gifts.”

'Glee' convention becomes memorial for Cory Monteith

What was supposed to be a weekend celebration of the musical TV series Glee turned into an impromptu memorial of song and dance for Cory Monteith after news of the Glee co-star’s death rocked a Glee fan convention in England. READ FULL STORY

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