TV: ‘Glee’ update: remembering Cory Monteith, who’s leaving and who’s hosting

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox in the fall on September 26

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The past two weeks in the Glee world have been chaotic but things are finally slowing down. Here’s the latest news surrounding the New Directions.

Jayma Mays announced at the Smurfs 2 premiere that she is leaving Glee after season five. As previously reported, Mays has signed on to Will Arnett’s new CBS comedy The Millers. And I’m not angry with her decision. The Wemma storyline has gone downhill since season one. However, I am extremely curious as to how they will handle her departure. Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Mays) just got married at the end of season four. Is their marriage going to take a sudden — and completely unbelievable — turn for the worse or is Emma going to magically run away and try to save the world from germs? Here’s hoping Morrison sees this as his exit too.

Darren Criss and Lucy Hale will host the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, which will air Aug. 11 on Fox. So I guess I finally have a reason to watch this show.

BQW1m6ACIAEPtM9Lea Michele broke her silence Monday after co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death in mid-July. She took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and posted a photo of her and Monteith.

“Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” Michele wrote.

I think it’s safe to say that most people were really waiting for Michele’s public reaction to Monteith’s passing. As someone who tweeted multiple times a day, Michele’s absence from Twitter was quite ominous and heart-wrenching. The moment I found out about Monteith, my heart immediately went to Michele, and I believe most people felt the same way.

Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale also used social media to remember their friend and co-star. Both posted pictures on Instagram with messages detailing their sorrow for the loss and how much they will miss their friend.

“So thankful that I and so many of you got to experience Cory’s overwhelming kindness, humor and talent. There will not be a day that goes by that I won’t miss him. Thank you all for your incredible support and patience,” McHale wrote.

“I am so grateful that Glee brought this group of extraordinary individuals together to form a family. I was lucky enough to closely experience the love and light that Cory shared with the world, as well as having the privilege of traveling down the road together on a once in a lifetime journey. Cory always reminded me to be gracious, kind and open, and he will leave a mark in my heart forever. Thank you everyone for your constant support and love while we mourn the loss of our dear friend, and continued support to Cory’s family, and to Lea,” Ushkowitz wrote.

BQRyAEaCAAAM0WW.jpg-largeThe cast and crew gathered Thursday for a private memorial for Monteith.

“Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” Twentieth Century Fox Television said in a statement. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, Murphy tweeted this picture of a fan-made Glee logo, saying it was “really moving.”

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