Fox denied Ryan Murphy had a Gleespinoff in the works for Lea Michele yesterday afternoon – hours after the Radar report had spread like wildfire among Gleeks. Murphy had already announced he would honor the series’ two-season order in the wake of star Cory Monteith’s death, and that next season would be its last. Murphy had also said he had originally envisioned Glee’s series-final scene with Monteith and Lea Michele’s characters – a plan that was dashed when Monteith died of an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose last summer. Before the spinoff report broke out, there had been some speculation Murphy would focus the final season of Glee on Michele’s character moving forward after Finn’s death. Murphy, meanwhile, is at work on his pilot, Open, for HBO, creating a new character in order to add Cheyenne Jackson, as a series regular, playing a handsome meth addict; filming is set to begin in February.
Was the “happily ever after” for Rachel and Finn that Lea Michele laid out in the Cory Monteith tribute episode last week how Glee was supposed to end? With Rachel making it on Broadway (and maybe doing a Woody Allen movie) before returning to Ohio and walking into McKinley High where Finn was a teacher to tell him she was home. Talking to reporters at an FX event at the Paley Center last night, Ryan Murphy confirmed that the current two-year pickup of the musical dramedy is indeed designed to be its last, with the next and final sixth season originally built around Rachel and Finn’s story, according to TV Line. “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was — (Finn) was in it. I knew what the last line was — (Rachel) said it to him.” Monteith’s untimely death has changed all that. Murphy said he has a idea about a new ending that would be “kind of in (Cory’s) honor)”, which he is getting ready to pitch to Fox. Glee started its fifth season low before ratings rebounded with the episode dedicated to Monteith.
The episode’s three-hankie music covers have been released, media polls have been created so you can vote which made you cry hardest, the creator has spoken of weeping cast members shooting excruciatingly emotional scenes, the tabloids have written about the mysterious exclusion from the episode of the actress who played his original love interest – it’s time for Fox to air the Cory Monteith tribute episode of Glee tonight and see how America reacts.
Fox and the show creators had decided, shortly after Monteith’s death, to air a couple of original episodes first, followed by a Monteith tribute episode this week, which got the episode away from the crush of new-show premieres and returning show debuts. Among Fox competitors this week, talk seemed to be split between those who think this episode will pack a wallop, and those who expressed surprise the episode hasn’t generated more buzz and wonder if Fox waited too long to deal on-air with the actor’s death.
Here’s the first glimpse at Glee‘s tribute to Cory Monteith, who died in July. Set to Adele’s version of “Make You Feel My Love,” the clip shows McKinley High students solemnly putting together a shrine around Finn Hudson’s locker. The episode, titled “The Quarterback,” airs October 10 on Fox:
Death became the Primetime Emmy Awards last night, which enjoyed the franchise’s biggest crowd in eight years with a major show of mourning.With the Emmy Awards now almost completely morphed into the old CableAce Awards, the broadcast networks that take turns airing it are constantly on the prowl for ways to include more broadcast-TV moments in the ceremony — you may have noticed presenter Allison Janney plugging her new CBS sitcom’s debut. This year’s Emmycast cleverly focused on one industry category that broadcast TV still completely dominates: death. A good chunk of last night’s Emmycast was devoted to it. In addition to the traditional In Memoriam segment, five Very Important Dead People were singled out for individual tributes. And four of them were best, or entirely, known for their work on broadcast — Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton and the controversial Cory Monteith. CBS execs didn’t mind the kerfuffle about Monteith’s tribute — they know that more people are tuning in to trophy shows these days for the social aspect of it all — aka The Snarking. Oh, and make that five out of six special tributes going to broadcast TV figures, counting Elton John’s musical tribute to Liberace. Congratulations broadcasters!
Another of the Emmy dirges, rolled out a few VIP memorial tributes after the show’s lackluster opening, looked at role broadcast TV played in covering a slew of historic events that happened 50 years ago, in 1963. Viewers were treated to footage surrounding the assassination of JFK and its aftermath, including the on-air killing of his accused assassin, followed by footage of the Beatles who performed on the Ed Sullivan Show less than three months later and gave America permission to move on with its life, said CBS’ Showtime star Don Cheadle. That may have worked in ’63, but not in ’13, because we all know Beatle John Lennon was subsequently murdered outside his home in 1980. Also included in the segment: footage of the historic March on Washington, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivered his memorable “I Have A Dream” speech — five years before he was assassinated, in Memphis.
“This may be the saddest Emmys ever but we’re happy,” Modern Family exec producer Steve Levitan apologized when he picked up up the penultimate award of the night, for best comedy series.
Jane Lynch did her best to explain to viewers and angry descendants of deceased TV industry notables why Cory Monteith was among those selected to receive a special tribute at the Primetime Emmy Awards. “This summer our show Glee suffered a painful death in our family,” she began. “From the first time you saw Cory he had a star quality and sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. He was “a beautiful soul and a gifted and wonderful young man” whose death, she said, is a reminder of the “rapaciousness” and “senseless destruction…brought on by addiction.”
“We mourn the loss of all he could have been to a generation that loved Cory so… This gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love…” she said to those viewers, promising that if they had seen more of him “you would have loved him even more.”
Adam Klugman is fuming over his father’s exclusion from an expanded special tribute at this weekend’s Primetime Emmys that includes Cory Monteith. “I think it’s criminal,” Klugman tells The Associated Press. “My dad was at the inception of television and helped build it in the early days.” Jack Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner and star of The Odd Couple and Quincy M.E., died in December. He, Larry Hagman and others who died in the past year will be part of a traditional In Memoriam remembrance during the awards ceremony, but not in a special tribute to five individuals: Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg. The TV Academy announced the special tribute earlier this week. Adam Klugman took particular issue with Monteith’s inclusion. “It’s an insult and it really seems typical of this youth-centric culture that has an extremely short attention span and panders to only a very narrow demographic” of young adults, he said. The show’s exec producer Ken Ehrlich defended Monteith’s inclusion in a conference call with reporters earlier this week. “Cory’s appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others, and we felt they needed to be represented,” Ehrlich said, reminding reporters that Monteith was “just 31” when he died under “very tragic circumstances.”
Cory Monteith will be among the deceased to whom special tribute is paid at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards in an effort to appeal to a younger generation, the Emmy show’s exec producer Ken Ehrlich told reporters on a conference call this morning. On Monday, CBS and the TV Academy announced that, in addition to what has become the traditional In Memoriam segment, the Emmycast also will include special tributes to recently deceased industry figures James Gandolfini,Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton and Monteith. Some reporters on the call questioned the inclusion of the former Glee star, while others felt more deserving folks, including Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, were left out.
“Cory’s appeal was to maybe a little different generation than some of the others, and we felt they needed to be represented,” Ehrlich said, reminding the reporters Monteith was “just 31” when he died under “very tragic circumstances.” “It was important to be responsive to younger viewers, to whom Cory Monteith meant as much as the other four individuals meant to their own generations. We made the choice it was important to have, as part of these segments.” Ehrlich admitted that when the decision was made to include Monteith, “there was discussion about the fact that this probably is going to become an interesting topic of conversation. We stand by what we’re doing.” Read More »
With trophy shows so dull these days — owing in large measure to the current trend toward laundry-list acceptance speeches delivered by Hollywood luminaries more frightened of forgetting to thank their agent, manager, publicist and spouse than of boring to death tens of millions of viewers — the broadcasting networks struggle to find ways to make sure the gowns are not the most interesting part of the broadcast. This morning, CBS and the TV Academy announced that, in addition to what has become the traditional In Memoriam segment, this weekend’s Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast will also include special tributes to recently deceased industry figures. For better or worse, death does well at trophy shows because viewers will pick watching beautifully decked-out celebrities having an actual genuine moment over beautifully decked-out celebrities thanking agents and lawyers any day. LL Cool J’s heartfelt prayer for the Whitney Houston — who had died the day before — followed by Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance of Houston signature song “I Will Always Love You” sent the 2012 Grammycast skyrocketing in the ratings, also on CBS.
Sadly, death has been a big story in the TV industry since the last Emmy ceremony, including the unexpected deaths of James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith. In Sunday’s special tributes, Edie Falco will remember her Sopranos co-star and Jane Lynch will remember her Glee colleague. Michael J. Fox, starring in a new NBC comedy, will pay tribute to Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg. Robin Williams, starring in a new CBS comedy, will remember friend/mentor Jonathan Winters, and Rob Reiner will fete his longtime All In The Family castmate Jean Stapleton. Read More »
NoHo Arts District, CA. – September 16, 2013- This year’s Emmy® Awards will feature the traditional In Memoriam segment that has become an industry award show staple, and in addition, the telecast producers have selected five individuals who warrant special recognition. To honor them, close friends and co-workers have been invited to provide personal tributes which will be presented during the ceremony, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and telecast live on Sunday, September 22nd, (8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT) on the CBS Television Network.
Those who will provide special tributes include Edie Falco, who will remember Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox who will pay tribute to Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg; Jane Lynch will remember her friend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith; Rob Reiner will pay tribute to his long time All in the Family cast member Jean Stapleton; and Robin Williams will remember his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters (Mork and Mindy).
Fox has released the first promo for the upcoming 5th season of Glee. Dubbed Once Again, the upbeat trailer features Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison. There is no mention of the recently deceased Cory Monteith. The show returns on September 26 with two Beatles-themed episodes, followed by a memorial episode that will deal with the death of Monteith’s character Finn Hudson in what creator Ryan Murphy recently called “a celebration” of his life. After that, the show will take a few weeks off.
EXCLUSIVE:Ryan Murphy, as part of an Emmy-timed interview this week, updates Deadline/Awardsline’s Christy Grosz about writing Glee‘s Cory Monteith memorial episode and going back to the set of the series without the actor:
It’s been a difficult circumstance because we basically went straight from the memorial into [reworking] the two Beatles episodes, which I think are fun and optimistic, that we had always had planned. The hard part for all of us is that the past week we’ve been holed up writing the memorial episode. There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death? At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, “This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.” That might be weird for some people, but it felt
EXCLUSIVE: Cory Monteith‘s McCanick makes its world premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival in the World Cinema category, where the indie drama will be courting buyers. In his final film Monteith plays Simon Weeks, a drug addicted criminal whose release from prison triggers paranoia and violence in narcotics detective Eugene “Mack” McCanick (David Morse), who has a secret from his past that only Weeks can expose. Ciaran Hinds, Mike Vogel, Rachel Nichols, Trevor Morgan, Aaron Yoo, and Tracie Thoms co-star in the pic directed by Josh C. Waller (Raze) and written by Daniel Noah. Bleiberg Entertainment is repping sales. Gleestar Monteith passed away July 13 in Vancouver. McCanick and All The Wrong Reasons, Monteith’s final two non-Glee projects, are both set to debut at the Toronto festival. Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer for McCanick:
A second Cory Monteith pic will play the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, organizers revealed today while announcing their World Cinema lineup. The late Glee star, who died from a drug overdose last month, plays a drug-addicted criminal who’s released from prison only to be hunted down by a police chief over the course of a day in McCanick. In one of his final roles Monteith stars opposite David Morse, Ciaran Hinds, and Mike Vogel. The film is directed by Josh C. Waller and produced by Waller, Morse, and Ehud Bleiberg. Nicholas Donnermeyer, Donald Kugelman and Daniel Noah are exec producers. McCanick will have its world premiere at the festival September 9; another of Monteith’s last films, Gia Milani’s Canadian entry All The Wrong Reasons, is world-premiering in the fest’s Discovery program.
“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful heart,” said Lea Michele tonight at the Teen Choice Awards of her boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith. Clearly tearing up, the actress appeared onstage in her first public appearance since Monteith’sdeath July 13 in a Vancouver BC hotel room to accept her actress in a TV comedy series award. “I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very past difficult few weeks,” Michele told the crowd at LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday.
A large picture of Monteith appeared on the screen behind Michele as she left the stage and took over the screen on the broadcast. Michele wore a necklace that spelled out the actor’s first name on the Fox broadcast ceremony, She wasn’t the only Glee cast member to dedicate an award to Monteith. “We know that Cory would have wanted us to dedicate this award to you guys,” said the show’s Jenna Ushkowitz as co-star Amber Riley stood next to her. The two were accepting the Teen Choice Award for best TV comedy Sunday. … Read More »
The late Glee actor’s pic was among 20 Canadian features added to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup today. Cory Monteith leads an ensemble cast in the Myriad Pictures drama All The Wrong Reasons, from writer and rookie helmer Gia Milani, which will have its world premiere at the fest. Monteith, a Calgary native who died July 13 of a drug overdose at 31, plays a store manager whose wife (Karine Vanasse) struggles with posttraumatic stress disorder brought on by a family tragedy. Other world debuts announced during a news conference today include Enemy, a psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal from director Denis Villeneuve, whose Incendies won Best Canadian Film at Toronto in 2011 en route to an Oscar nom, and The F Word, Michael Dowse’s romcom starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. The festival, which runs September 5-15, will announce its full schedule August 20.
Fox‘s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly today confirmed that the planned Cory Monteith tribute will air in the third episode of Glee upcoming fifth season, which is slated to air October 10. “That is the episode where Cory’s character will be written out and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death,” he said. That does not mean Cory’s character Finn Hudson necessarily dies of a drug overdose, Reilly cautioned. But series co-creator Ryan Murphy will shoot PSAs with the cast that will air during the episode. They will speak to the incident and drug addiction, Reilly said. Additionally, proceeds from the music in the episode will be used to set up a fund for Monteith, who died July 13 in a Vancouver BC hotel room after an overdose of alcohol and heroin. It will provide scholarships to kids. Monteith had left the show with two episodes left to shoot in Season 4 to enter rehab. “It is a celebration and really sad of this really vibrant kid,” Reilly said of the tribute. The Cory Monteith episode will follow the two-part Beatles-themed Glee season opener, which had already been in the works. After Episode 3, Glee goes on hiatus for baseball “as a natural break to reset,” Reilly said.
Reilly later talked about the private memorial service the Glee cast and crew recently held for Monteith. “Kids sang songs, it was beautiful,” … Read More »