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By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
The 71st Golden Globe Awards aired January 12 on NBC

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler fulfilled part one of their two year deal to host The Golden Globe Awards Sunday, and, just as they did last year, absolutely killed it. I have never enjoyed an award show opening monologue more than when Fey and Poehler are the ones at the helm. Here are just a few of their phenomenal one-liners.

“Meryl Streep. She’s so brilliant in August: Osage County. Proving there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”

Gravity is nominated for Best Film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”

“For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, (Matthew McConaughey) lost 45 pounds… or what actresses call being in a movie.”

“Enjoy it while it lasts Netflix because you’re not going to feel so smug in a couple of years when Snapchat is up here accepting Best Drama.”

The dynamic duo were just as brilliant as last year, and I am thrilled that we definitely see them next year. They’re going to become the next Neil Patrick Harris, and I’m not complaining.

Fey and Poehler weren’t the only good thing about tonight’s show. Many wins had me jumping for joy. Poehler finally won for her spectacular performance as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. Now if only the show itself could finally win some awards. (Looking at you, Emmys). Leonardo DiCaprio won for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Thank you award show gods, Leo shouldn’t have to go another awards season empty-handed; maybe he’ll finally get the Oscar he’s deserved for a decade. FROZEN WON BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM BECAUSE IT IS SPECTACULAR AND ANY OTHER DECISION WOULD HAVE BEEN NONSENSE. Surprisingly, both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and its star, Andy Samberg, won. I love this new show but I never expected it to actually win any awards. I was stunned when the show won against the likes of Modern Family — an award show favorite for the past five years while Samberg beat Jim Parsons. I never saw that coming. I mentioned this when Brooklyn Nine-Nine was simply nominated but now that it won, I’m even more shocked that The Crazy Ones, a fellow well-performing freshmen comedy, wasn’t nominated. Both shows are equally brilliant but I’d give The Crazy Ones awards over Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

t2Some of my favorite moments of the night didn’t have anything to do with the awards. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ moment during the monologue (it was so great that I must keep referring to it!) was side-splitting. I fell over when she shoved off Reese Witherspoon and denied the attempt to take a selfie with her. Even before the cameras went live, I was laughing as Jennifer Lawrence attempted to tackle Taylor Swift while she was in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. Maybe best of all, Emma Thompson drunkenly presented a category barefoot and with drink in hand; but she’s still classy as hell because she’s British. The Randy “Mr. Golden Globes” bit was outrageously hilarious. Poehler was spectacular, playing a One Direction lookalike who is Fey’s son. After cracking an Olympics joke about Miss Golden Globes Sosie Bacon’s name, Randy then stumbled into the crowd to ask if Idris Elba was his father. Everything was genius.

But it wasn’t all good news. First of all, “LET IT GO” DIDN’T WIN BEST ORIGINAL SONG BECAUSE THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION IS FILLED WITH IMBECILES. I’m sorry but there are few songs that are more perfect than “Let It Go” and “Ordinary Love” — the winner in the category — is not one of them. American Hustle took home more awards than it deserved. I absolutely agree that Jennifer Lawrence deserves the award for supporting actress because she was the probably the best part of the entire film. The actors in the film (Lawrence, Amy Adams [who won Best Actress], Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper) all performed very well. Character-wise, American Hustle is great; but overall as a film, it lacks severely. TATIANA MASLANY SHOULD HAVE WON FOR ORPHAN BLACK; STOP DOING HER THESE INJUSTICES OF NOT AWARDING HER OUTSTANDING TALENT. The Emmy snub was bad enough.

What on earth was P. Diddy’s deal and why did that Jacqueline Bisset speech happen? Speaking of speeches, the whole “I’m nervous and unprepared because I wasn’t expecting to win” attitude is cute and acceptable but not when every single winner says they are nervous because they didn’t think they would win. Really 12 Years a Slave? Even though every news outlet was pulling for you, you didn’t expect to win. Sure. And it all started with Jennifer Lawrence. I honestly feel like people thought, “The awkward in public thing works for her so I’ll do it too.” Not how it works. The world is in love with Jennifer Lawrence because she’s Jennifer Lawrence and is perfect.

Overall, I think the show was a success. The comedy was always hilarious and some of the categories were really interesting to see who would win. NBC is certainly banking on the right comedy duo to steer the award show to excellence each year.

Here is the full list of winners…

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave — Winner
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle — Winner
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine — Winner
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet – Labor Day

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club — Winner
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams – American Hustle — Winner
Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street — Winner
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix – Her

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle — Winner
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club — Winner

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity — Winner
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze – Her — Winner
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell – American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty — Winner
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen — Winner

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas” – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go” – Frozen
“Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — Winner
“Please Mr. Kennedy” – Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction” – One Chance

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert – All Is Lost — Winner
Alex Heffes – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price – Gravity
John Williams – The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad — Winner
Downton Abbey
The Goodwife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine — Winner
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra — Winner
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington – Scandal
Robin Wright – House of Cards — Winner

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad — Winner
Live Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation — Winner

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Jason Bateman – Arrested Development
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Michael J. Fox – The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine — Winner

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson – White Queen
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren – Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake — Winner

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas – Behind the Candelabra — Winner
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba – Luther
Al Pacino – Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Jacqueline Bisset – Dancing on the Edge — Winner
Janet McTeer – White Queen
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
Monica Potter – Parenthood
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Josh Charles – The Good Wife
Rob Lowe – Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll – House of Cards
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan — Winner

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
The 71st Golden Globe Awards will air January 12 on NBC

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The nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning.

The show will be broadcast on NBC in early January and hosted by everyone’s favorite hosting team: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I absolutely cannot wait to see this team host once again. They killed it at last year’s ceremony; that was one of the funniest opening monologues I have ever witnessed. They are everyone’s favorite comedians so there’s no doubt many will simply tune in to see them shine, but I have to say that I’m excited to see some of the winners in these categories.

The eligibility period for nominations was the 2013 calendar year, leading to some newbies being nominated alongside old favorites — plus the return of Behind the Candelabra, which swept the Emmys. I have to say I was quite surprised to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the list of nominees for best TV comedy series and Andy Samberg’s nomination for best actor. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of my favorite new shows from this fall season. It definitely deserves this spot. Obviously, I’m thrilled to see Jessica Lange nominated once again for her brilliant work on American Horror Story, however I’m shocked that neither Kathy Bates or Angela Bassett are up their with her, not even for supporting roles. They better get some recognition in the Emmys, and the same goes with Evan Peters. He has taken that part of a Frankenteen and made it so much more. Though I haven’t seen these films, I’ve heard nothing but good things about 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle so I’m excited to first see them and then see how much they win since they are both leading the film categories with seven nominations each. And a major shoutout to Tatiana Maslany for FINALLY getting some recognition for her incredible work on Orphan Black. There was never a greater Emmy snub. However, I have an unsettling feeling that Taylor Schilling will take it home for Orange is the New Black, a show I tried and yet could not really get into despite all the rave reviews. Lastly, I am simply going bonkers over the fact that my favorite new Disney film Frozen may take home two awards. Against its competition, it better win Best Animated Feature Film and there is NO reason why “Let It Go” shouldn’t win. It is the best song; let’s hope Idina Menzel will sing it live!

As far as snubs go, the Golden Globes are harder to judge. It’s a much broader award to win so I’m not surprised that a majority of the nominees are familiar names. We’ve seen Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation and The Big Bang Theory on this list multiple times. Yes, these programs are great, but there are a ton of other great shows that don’t get recognition. Orphan Black isn’t on the list and it is phenomenal. To be honest, The Crazy Ones is a much better newer comedy than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Still, since they usually go with the same titles, I’m shocked to see Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Homeland are not on the list for Best Drama. They’re usual contenders in every award show.

Anyway, mark your calendars. Fey and Poehler will appear on January 12 and I’ll certainly be live tweeting. Keep up with the sass @buzzlightmeryl

Here are the nominees…

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet – Labor Day

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix – Her

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Brühl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze – Her
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell – American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
The Wind Rises

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas” – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go” – Frozen
“Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Please Mr. Kennedy” – Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction” – One Chance

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert – All Is Lost
Alex Heffes – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price – Gravity
John Williams – The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Goodwife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
The White Queen

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington – Scandal
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Live Schreiber – Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Blacklist

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Jason Bateman – Arrested Development
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Michael J. Fox – The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson – White Queen
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren – Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas – Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba – Luther
Al Pacino – Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Jacqueline Bisset – Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer – White Queen
Hayden Panettiere – Nashville
Monica Potter – Parenthood
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Josh Charles – The Good Wife
Rob Lowe – Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll – House of Cards
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

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Everyone’s dream has finally come true. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host The Golden Globes ceremonies in 2014 and 2015!!!

“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of Alternative and Late Night Programming, in an article in Entertainment Weekly.  “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”

Fey and Poehler first hosted the Globes to much acclaim in 2013. Since then, there has been a campaign to bring them back together again. The 2013 telecast featured a 17 percent increase in viewership from the 2012 broadcast when it earned 19.7 million viewers. It also jumped 28 percent in the 18-49 demo ratings. In other words, it was a major success and not surprisingly so.

The two are hilariously on their own but become a dynamite comedy duo when joining forces, as evident in Saturday Night Live sketches, when they were essentially the only good part about the opening of the 2013 Emmys and their perfect monologue for the 2013 broadcast. Here are my personal favorite jokes from the monologue:

The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year and also what I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress,” Fey said.

“Ang Lee’s been nominated for best director for the Life of Pi, which is what I’m going to call the six weeks after I take this dress off,” Poehler replied.

“Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu, and I hear she’s amazing in it,” Poehler said.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all much more excited about this three-year deal than we were for the three-year deal Ricky Gervais got as Golden Globes host from 2010 to 2012.

The nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes will be announced on December 12 at 8 a.m.

How excited are you for the return of Fey and Poehler as hosts? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
The 86th Academy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, March 2, 2014 on ABC

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It’s time to brush off your dancing shoes and starting learning some new moves!

Everyone is making dance puns so you know what that means… Ellen DeGeneres that she will host the 2014 Oscars!! She announced the news via Twitter on Friday.

“It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra,” DeGeneres wrote.

This will be the second time DeGeneres has hosted the Oscars. Her first time was back in 2007. The talk show host even grabbed an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her first Oscar hosting gig.

And here’s her opening monologue to prove how fantastic she will be:

“There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

Last year’s show succeeded to pull in ratings after producers brought in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host. However, he drew mixed reviews for his edgy commentary and performances, such as “We Saw Your Boobs.”

DeGeneres’ outstanding talk show, which has won 45 Daytime Emmy Awards in its decade of airing, proves she knows how to talk to an audience and get them laughing without resorting to crude comments. Plus, it means we can expect a fantastic opening like the one she served for her first gig because her openings on her show are quite possibly the best you will ever see.

All in all, Ellen is wonderful; this award show should be spectacular; and I cannot wait to live tweet it. Only seven months to go!

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl

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July 31st has a special place in the hearts of Harry Potter fans around the world. For it is not only the birthday of the beloved hero of one of the most popular series ever published, but it also the birthday of its author, J.K. Rowling.

This year marks Rowling’s 48th birthday while Harry Potter turns 33. To celebrate the occasion, Entertainment Weekly comprised a wonderful list of 33 things to love about Harry.

This day is worth mentioning — and even worth a blog post — because, speaking as a Harry Potter fan, we need these kind of memorials to celebrate our love of a series that was completed six years ago and a film franchise that ended two years ago. We’re itching for more Potter and will take any excuse we have to talk about it as much as possible.

Remember the thrill of placing a pre-order for the newest installment of the series or the struggle to convince your mom that you could stay awake long enough to go to a midnight premiere? I do, and I will never forget those moments. Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood — as I know it was with so many others of my generation as well — and it truly was the series that encouraged me to read and made me an avid reader. My grandma couldn’t thank Rowling enough for that.

Any time anything Harry Potter pops up, my attention is instantly drawn. Since Potterheads no longer have new material to look forward to, our hearts do a special jump when we see anything related to our favorite series. And that feeling will never go away.

Some day I would like to say that something I wrote made half of the impact Harry Potter has made on my generation and the world.

Happy Birthday Jo, and Happy Birthday Harry.

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on September 26 at 9 p.m.

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The show will go on.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy spoke Saturday in an interview with E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos about the plans for the show’s fifth season and how the cast and crew will handle returning to work after the passing of star Cory Monteith.

Monteith, 31, was found dead July 13 in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. The actor died from mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol. Monteith had been open about his history of struggling with abuse and completed a rehabilitation program in April.

The participation in the program in April came after the cast and crew learned he was using again back in March. Murphy said they staged an intervention in his office and told Monteith that filming did not matter until he got better.

“He wanted to continue working and we said, ‘That’s not an option. No. The TV show doesn’t matter, your life matters,’” Murphy said. “His last words to me were, ‘I want to get better,’ and I always felt and continue to feel even in his death that he did, that he really wanted to fight it and he was humiliated and shamed. We reassured him that the only thing that mattered was him getting better and his job was 100 percent protected because he thought he was going to get fired. … We were all rooting for him … I feel like we did everything that we could and I know that Lea (Michele) feels she did everything that she could.”

Season five of Glee will premiere September 26, only one week after the originally planned airdate. The first two episodes will be the already written, long awaited Beatles tribute episodes, which will need some slight tweaking. The third episode will feature a tribute to Monteith.

“The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have the character pass,” Murphy said in USA TODAY. “When we do the tribute… we’ll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week — but do it in an upbeat way.”

Murphy said Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele made the decision to not have a longer delay and no decision has been or will be made without her approval.

Are-Cory-Monteith-Lea-Michele-Faking-Their-Relationship“Do we go off the air permanently?” Murphy said. “Do we go off the air until November? … The thing we ultimately found was that our cast and crew wanted to be together, they wanted to go back to work; they wanted to sort of be in a place where they could all remember and discuss Cory sooner than later. … What we just decided to do is continue on working for the next month so people could really deal with this and not feel isolated and alone. That’s something Lea felt strongly about… We followed her lead.”

“If Lea had said to me, ‘I could never do this again and I don’t want to do this again,’ … she is sort of the show … And I would’ve, out of respect to her as a person, said ‘OK,’ but that’s not how Lea operates,” Murphy continued. “She’s handled this with so much humanity and grace and she’s also handled this in a way where she’s trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed.”

“I’ve never met any 26-year-old person stronger than Lea,” Murphy added. “Ultimately, everyone involved made the decision, ‘OK, what does Lea want to do, what would Lea feel comfortable doing?’ This is what she wants to do.”

A grief counselor will be on set for two weeks.

Before Murphy and the other writers can even begin to tweak the first two episodes and come up with a way to tribute the actor, they are planning a memorial for Monteith this week.

After the third episode, Murphy said the show will go on an extended hiatus in order for the writers to figure out the future of the show because the fifth season was largely catering to Monteith’s request to work more.

“We had a conversation when he was craving to be sober… and I said, ‘I don’t know how you want to handle work’ … He said, ‘I really want to work a lot. … I want to be with people who are good influences.’ Our entire season was at Cory’s bequest, keeping him busy and active.”

At the end of the interview, Murphy shared a behind-the-scenes moment during the filming of the first episode back in 2009.

“He was the first person on camera (for filming the pilot), and it was a very nerve-wracking time… because a musical had never worked,” Murphy said. “I remember after the first take, he finished his thing and came up to me and leaned down to me and said, ‘This is going to be fun.’ And I think that’s the way he was on the show, on the set; he was a real leader.”

I don’t see a problem with not addressing Monteith’s death in the first two episodes. They already completed ignored his absence in the last two episodes of season four. I am very interested as to how they will say Monteith’s character Finn died. He was going to school to become a teacher and returned to McKinley to be treated as a man alongside Will (Matthew Morrison) and co-coach the glee club. I’m hoping they don’t dare try to parallel fiction with reality and have Finn die of drug-related causes because that is preposterous. And I’m wondering how they will respectfully honor Monteith in a more “upbeat way” as Murphy said. I wouldn’t want to watch an hour of the cast crying either but I don’t understand how they can mourn Monteith/ Finn in an upbeat way. I guess we will find out in two months.