By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on September 26 at 9 p.m.
In light of Glee star Cory Monteith’s recent death, the season five premiere date has been delayed. Glee was originally supposed to return for its fifth season on September 19 but has now been scheduled to premiere on September 26 at 9 p.m. And production will not begin until early August.
Fox released a statement Friday detailing the news.
“In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August,” the statement read. “Season five of Glee will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Fox. No further details are available at this time.”
Though not as drastic of a change as some may have assumed — speculation rose the premiere may not even occur until after the World Series — any change reflects the monumental task the writers and producers have for dealing with Monteith’s death.
Monteith’s Finn Hudson was by and large one of the most important characters of the series from the start. He was our leading man. He was one half of a couple that we rooted for to get together since day one. Simply trying to figure out how to continue the show and respect Monteith and his character is a huge weight on each writer’s shoulders. Play it off and face outrage. Handle it poorly and face criticism. To be honest, it’s essentially a lose-lose for them.
Besides dealing with Monteith’s death on the show, the cast and crew must now face the absence of a key player and friend on set. Monteith has been a part of the show since day one. For the past few months, he has been dating co-star Lea Michele — a relationship I saw coming since the pilot in 2009. How the cast will manage to do scenes in the McKinley choir room is a mystery and will be a struggle for them. They may have the rest of July to recoup, but I’m sure returning to the sets where a once familiar face was seen everyday will be haunting and upsetting.
While this may seem off-putting, let us also realize that Monteith’s death and the mystery as to how the writers will handle it could possibly mean a jump in the show’s ratings. The past few years have seen a decline in the ratings, but I’m sure many viewers will be interested to see their solution and will tune in on September 26.
What would you like to see the writers do with Finn? Will you be tuning in on September 26? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl