It appears that Cory Monteith’s death signals the end of Glee after season six. Fox Entertainment Chairman, Kevin Reilly spoke to reporters and said, “I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons,” but he also pointed out, “Never say never, but there’s two very clear [story] arcs to get to that end and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout we like … right now, we’re thinking two seasons.”
Considering that the original contract was for only six seasons, it does make sense that the network may not want to continue producing the show. Even more so after the upcoming season dealing with the death of one of Glee’s core character’s, Finn Hudson, who Monteith played in the show.
Kevin Reilly talked about the fact that the show will deal with Cory Monteith’s death in the third episode, as outlined by the Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy. The Entertainment Chairman also revealed that the Fox Network will be airing public service announcements during the airing of that third episode.
The popular award winning television program will premiere on Thursday 26, September, one week later than had been originally scheduled because of Monteith’s death.
In keeping with the family friendly tone of the show, Finn Hudson may not suffer the exact same fate as the actor who portrayed him. Although when talking to eonline.com Reilly said, “The third episode will write Finn out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular.” But he then went on to say the he could not confirm that Finn Hudson would die from a drug overdose.
According to the entertainment chairman, the network’s public service announcements will talk about drug addiction and how there is no reality behind the popular stereotypes connected with addicts. It may be that the show will “gloss” over the darker nature of Monteith’s death and allow the PSA’s to deliver the drug message.
The fact of Cory Monteith’s death will be dealt with at least and it will give the cast and the fans a chance to mourn his passing. Unfortunately Cory’s overdose also seems to be signalling an end to the show after season six, when the contract would have ended anyway.
But however the show’s producers decide to deal with the character of Finn Hudson’s death, the network is attempting to send out a message to its young audience via the public service announcements made with cast members of the show. Reilly said that these will, “speak directly to the audience,” especially about the damage that can be hidden by an addict when they choose not to come clean.
Monteith was always very open about his drug addiction. Reilly said during the Los Angeles Television Tour that, “Cory was big open life force. He was not a problem, he looked straight as an arrow. He was open about his addiction in the past, just not as open about it in the presence. Everybody was shocked, but this was an accident. It happened to someone struggling with addiction.”
Reilly had words of praise for Lea Michele, Monteith’s romantic interest both on and off the show. Michele, who has made her first public appearance since Cory’s death was, according to Reilly, a “pillar of strength” and “an extraordinary human being.”
Although the 26 year-old actress was devastated by the new’s of Monteith’s lonely death on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room, she insisted that the television show should continue. In her mind it would allow everyone a chance to deal with the suddenness of the loss.
Last week the cast and crew of Glee got together on the Fox lot to participate in a memorial for the late actor. Lea has since been seen out wearing her Cory necklace and she’s been tweeting to her fans thanking them for all their support.
It does appear that Cory Monteith’s death has signaled the end of Glee as we know it. Things could change, as Kevin Reilly has said, but the chances of the show recovering from such an emotionally crippling blow seems unlikely. Fans will have to accept that after season six Glee will be no more.
By Michael Smith