TV: ‘Glee’ in the news: rehab, pregnancy and another book for its stars

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox

Something is in the air over at the Fox studios, and it isn’t love — well, at least not for everyone.

In the past two days, Glee headliners Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson, and Heather Morris, who plays Brittany, have been featured in the news because of their shocking announcements.

cory-monteith-320On April 1, it was no April Fools joke when news broke that Monteith “voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” People reported.

Struggling with addiction for years, Monteith has had treatment before when he was 19.

He told Parade, in 2011, he was “lucky to be alive” because he was taking “anything and everything.”

Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry, has also been featured stating her support and love for Monteith — the two have been dating since earlier this year.

“Thank you all so much for all your love, support, and encouragement. It’s means the world to us,” she tweeted on April 1. She later followed with, “Still so overwhelmed by all the love and well wishes we have received from you all… my heart is so full,” on April 2.

With two more episodes left in the season to shoot, many wonder how Monteith’s absence will be written in.

heathermorrisbf1-3763369545872605420Also in the news, Heather Morris and longtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell are expecting their first child together. At about three months along, it seems more than likely that Brittany will have to sit out on a number or two.

In an interview with Fitness in 2011, Morris said, “I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him. I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won’t continue.”

How Morris’s pregnancy will affect this season’s remaining episodes is unclear — if it will be an issue at all. Next season’s filming is where the question seems applicable.

On a different note, Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the show, has revealed the next chapter of his acclaimed The Land of Stories series. After a successful run, Colfer’s first book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Well, was #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list for children’s chapter books in early August 2012. The book follows twins Alex and Conner Bailey and their journey through a land full of fairy tales.

The second novel, The Enchantress Returns, sees the Bailey twins return to that magical land after their mother has been kidnapped. Expect to see this new installment in stores on August 6.

Chris Colfer's THE LAND OF STORIES

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