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Curtains down for Glee?

For a waning show, actor’s death poses difficult challenge

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Published: Wed 17 Jul 2013, 2:24 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:59 AM

THE DEATH OF Glee actor Cory Monteith over the weekend comes just weeks before production begins of the fifth season of the Fox musical comedy, throwing it into disarray at a time when the creators needed to revive the waning series.

Glee cast from left, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, the late Cory Monteith and Lea Michele perform during a scene from the musical show.- AP

Canadian actor Monteith, 31, was not only a founding cast member, but also an integral player in promoting Glee’s overarching message of tolerance.

Making matters more complicated for producers was his off-screen relationship with another of the show’s top actresses, Lea Michele, who plays his love interest on the show.

It is unclear how their story would have proceeded in season five.

The show was renewed by Fox for two more seasons earlier this year, running through 2015. But producers for Glee, which has been one of Fox’s top shows, were facing some tough truths even before Monteith’s death.

“The show’s been running out of storylines and sort of reaching its end thematically...and Cory’s death is a huge loss for the show as one of the founding characters,” said Ian Drew, entertainment director of Us Weekly.

Glee premiered in 2009 and instantly became a hit for Fox, with its motivational storylines, upbeat musical numbers and a diverse young cast playing a mix of popular and oddball school students who come together in a musical choir group.

Monteith became a heart-throb in his role as the jock who turned into Glee member Finn Hudson.

“He was actually the centre of the show in terms of promoting tolerance,” said TV critic David Bianculli.

“When his character began, he was the jock that just happened to sing. He ended up liking the misfits and loving them and sticking up for them and eventually teaching them.”

MTV Buzzworthy editor Tamar Anitai, who monitors social media buzz on pop culture topics, said Glee fans known as “Gleeks” were eager to see a tribute paid to Monteith in the show and a happy ending for his and Michele’s characters.

While Monteith’s death is unlikely to force the early cancellation of Glee, it could mean an eventual end to the series.

“It could be harbinger of things to come, but honestly I don’t think the show had much longer anyways,” Drew said. Reuters



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