UPDATE: Glee co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy tweeted support for Monteith this morning. “I am so proud of Cory Monteith and love and support him 100%,” he wrote.
PREVIOUS: Glee star Cory Monteith has checked himself into rehab for substance addiction. The Fox musical dramedy has two more episodes from its current fourth season left to shoot. Filming on them will proceed as scheduled, with the sudden absence of Monteith’s Finn explained. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” Glee producer 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.” Along with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Monteith has been prominently featured this season despite his character graduating from McKinley High last May. This is not Monteith’s first stint in rehab. The actor has been open about his addiction problems in the past and two years ago revealed that he entered rehab when he was 19.
Anthony D’Alessandro is a Deadline contributor.
A Glee panel minus Ryan Murphy detailed a flurry of Season 4 highlights today at Comic-Con, some of which will come as no surprise to Gleeks. Also missing were notable castmembers including Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dianna Agron and Chris Colfer. Oddly, no sizzle reel either. The panel kicked off with a docu clip about how Glee has become a pop phenomenon.
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In Season 4, Lea Michele‘s character Rachel Barry contends with a big-fish-from-a-little-pond in the big city scenario as she starts college in New York. There she’ll be dealing with her dance teacher, played by Kate Hudson. “She’s in a school with 1,800 Rachels,” said Michele.
Co-creator Brad Falchuk teased, “Finn (Cory Monteith) is off on an adventure (in the army) and his classmates don’t know what’s happening with him.” Plus “we’ve got a new senior class and we’re trying to get 12 kids into sectionals, said co-creator Ian Brennan. “Every series regular we had who has a deal will be back, in varying proportions,” added Falchuk. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Glee‘s Cory Monteith has signed with UTA. The Canadian-born Monteith was the last one cast in the Fox’s musical dramedy after producers had seen hundreds of actors for the role of quarterback/glee club lead man Finn Hudson. He became … Read More »
Deadline Comic-Con TV correspondent Gary Hodges Files:
Their characters may be graduating, but Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be leaving Glee at the end of this coming season, the series’ co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said at the Glee Comic-Con panel this morning moderated by TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello, contradicting recent remarks by fellow co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy. “Here’s the exact thing: They’re seniors. They’re graduating. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show,” Falchuk said. “It was never our intention or plan to let these people go… They are not done with the show after this season.” Later on in the panel he revealed they had discussed the possibility of a spin-off show depicting the three graduates in New York, trying to start careers on Broadway, but that it probably wouldn’t happen and he was “leaning against doing it.”
Falchuk also addressed the departure of recurring guest star Chord Overstreet, who was offered a deal to return for 10 episodes with a possibility to become a regular at midseason but declined, the producer said. “We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes (Amber Riley),” Falchuk said. “He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work. “We told him to go with god.” Here is more from the Glee panel: Read More »
Our sibling site TVline has the story: Glee exec producer Ryan Murphy isn’t bringing Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Chris Colfer back for Season 4. It’s not new news because the plan always has been to graduate the cast. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Glee star Cory Monteith is at the center of a pitch deal that just went down at Fox 2000. The untitled project, described as a “workplace” comedy. Monteith is attached to star and produce with Bruce Nash and Robert … Read More »
These are nowhere near as disturbing as the True Blood stars’ recent bloody nude Rolling Stone cover that still haunts me, but TV watchdog group the Parents Television Council is stirring things up this morning with its outrage over the racy photo shoot of the stars from Fox’s Glee in the upcoming issue of GQ, which it called a “near-pornographic display.” “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia,” said PTC President Tim Winter. Read More »
There had been a lot of buzz surrounding a new character that will be introduced on Fox’s Glee next season, a new member of the New Directions glee club at the center of the show. After a several rounds of testing a large pool of newcomers, Chord Overstreet was just cast in the recurring role of Sam, a McKinley high school athlete who starts off as Finn (Cory Monteith)’s protégé but becomes his competition. Read More »