'Glee' Almost Ended Abruptly Following Cory Monteith's Death, Season 5 Premiere Pushed Back, Show Hiatus Likely

Matt LloydJul 23, 2013 09:57 AM EDT


"Glee" the popular musical comedy/drama show on FOX was put in a tough situation following the news of Cory Monteith's untimely death. The tragic loss gave everyone pause on the most respectful way to move forward with the show and for the cast members themselves. 

The show's creator Ryan Murphy discussed his thoughts on the upcoming season. 

"There's really no way to win in this situation. So our position was, do we go off the air permanently? Do we go off the air until November? Do we start shooting again in January? But the thing that we ultimately found was that our cast and crew wanted to be together, they wanted to go back to work, they wanted to sort of be in a place where they could all remember and discuss Cory sooner than later," Murphy told E! Online. "As for me, I really had no set opinion. I was willing to do what people wanted."

Eventually it was Lea Michele who shared her feelings on what would be best. Michele played Monteith's on-screen girlfriend, but they also blossomed a true romance off camera as well. 

Michele said she "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." 

There are close to 500 people involved with making the show "Glee" happen, so it was a big decision affecting a lot of people's lively hood's on whether or not to end the show. 

"Glee" will officially be back for Season 5, they have however pushed the season premiere back to Thursday, Sept 26th. 

They had a Beatles tribute scheduled for the first two episodes which all go on as planned. Episode 3 is when they could discuss and resolve what happens with Finn Hudson, Cory Monteith's character on the show. 

After Episode 3 and a tribute to Monteith, show creator Murphy says the show will go "off the air for awhile and take a hiatus". 

To see the latest on "Glee", visit their official website HERE




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