Ryan Murphy is working on moving on, personally and professionally, after the tragic death of Cory Monteith. The co-creator of “Glee” recently opened up about how the show will move forward from the death of one of its stars.
“When you’re faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do?” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together.”
The show has pushed back its season premiere by one week, and is planning to pay tribute to Monteith during the third episode of the upcoming fifth season. The first two episodes will be a Beatles tribute, which has already been written (although, there will be tweaks made). Murphy says he will then take a hiatus to decide how to proceed with the show.
“The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass. When we do the tribute episode to that character, we’ll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week — but do it in an upbeat way,” Murphy said of Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson. “If we can do this responsibly and help young people through these feelings, that’s the best that we can hope for.”
Once production of “Glee” begins again in August, grief counsellors will be on set to aid any cast members that are having difficulty returning to the show without Monteith. As Murphy puts it, many who met Monteith immediately became protective of him.
“Once you met Cory, you just sort of instantly fell in love with him because he was both an angel and a devil,” says Murphy, adding: “He was someone that you just instinctively wanted to protect because you felt like he was a fatherless child, and after a very hard childhood he felt adrift in the world.”
“Glee” is scheduled to return to Fox on September 26.