Dianna Agron, best-known for her role on Fox’s Glee, has inked with CAA as she continues her push on the film side. The actress is now on the big screen in Luc Besson’s The Family opposite Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and next up for her is the indie Pretenders alongside Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, and Anton Yelchin. She continues to be managed by Thor Bradwell and Rick Yorn at LBI Entertainment.
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:
Angel alum Alexis Denisof has booked an arc on another genre show, NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt. He will play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart, funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain). Denisof is with Evolution and APA.
Phoebe Strole, member of the original cast of the 2006 musical Spring Awakening, is reuniting with co-star Lea Michele on Michele’s Fox series Glee. Strole, repped by APA and Principal Entertainment NY, will recur as Penny Owen, a sophomore in college who wants to get into nursing school and who becomes Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) new love interest.
Fox has a Thursday problem. The problem is X Factor followed by Glee. Their ratings are not catastrophic — they’re just not what the show once enjoyed, or what Fox would like to see again. The X Factor’s Thursday results show was down 25% in overall audience last season, and 21% in the demo (9.5 million viewers, 3.3 rating) compared to the season previous, and the season previous wasn’t anything to write home about — which is why all but one of the show’s non-Simon Cowell judges, and one of two hosts, are not returning in the fall. Glee, meanwhile fell another 13% in the demo, and 10% overall, last season (3.3 rating, 8.1 million viewers) – and that’s with just one rerun in the ratings mix – making it that show’s lowest-rated season yet. Back in its second season, Glee managed to snag 10.3 million viewers and a 4.2 rating with around a dozen repeats factored in.
Enter Demi Lovato.
In one of those the-whole-is-bigger-than-the-sum-of-its-parts theme nights, the popular singer/former child star has been signed to appear in at least six episodes of Glee this coming season, while also appearing as X’s sole surviving non-Simon judge. That’s at least six Lovato-themed Thursdays this season — more than a third of Glee‘s episode order for the season. It’s the former Disney Channel star’s first major acting gig since Sonny With A Chance called it a day. She’ll first appear in the second part of Glee’s Beatles tribute, on October 3, as TVLine noted.
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.
Ryan Murphy Exclusive On Cory Monteith Memorial Episode: “Lovely Tribute And Very Heartfelt Look At How Young People Grieve”
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:
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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
“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’s death 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. …
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,” …
Cory Montieth‘s Glee co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele has been silent publicly about Monteith’s death July 13 in a Vancouver BC hotel room. She took to her Twitter today after Glee cast, producers, Fox and studio 20th Century Fox TV held a private memorial last Thursday. “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart“, she posted, linking to this photo of the pair. The network has already pushed back the show’s Season 5 premiere one week to September 26, giving co-creator Ryan Murphy and the writers more time to rewrite two episodes that had featured Monteith and consider how to most respectfully deal with the death of the actor who became a breakout star on the high school musical series.
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Glee regular Mike O’Malley was asked to comment on his relationship with the late Cory Monteith during a TCA panel this morning for O’Malley’s new NBC sitcom “Welcome to the Family.” “Many of my scenes on Glee were with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith. Cory had with me what was probably one of the toughest scenes I’ve ever acted in my career when my character had to throw his character Finn out of the house because of a slur he’d used. He was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over, just the depth of emotion he was able to betray, the sorrow, the shame. Ever since I met him, he was the fictional quarterback on that show and the very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks. He was a very hard-working actor, and I just loved working with him. He was a great guy, and I’ll miss him very much.”
Asked whether he would participate in the Glee tribute episode, O’Malley said: “I hope to. I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week. But [his Glee character] …
20th Century Fox Television has issued a statement on today’s memorial for Glee star Cory Monteith. The studio noted the gathering was private and no further details would be released. Monteith died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol earlier this month. Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline at Comic-Con last weekend that the cast would begin shooting the two episodes already written in late August, followed by a tribute episode and a “long hiatus”. The statement:
Today, 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. We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.
BREAKING: In his first public comments since the tragic death of Cory Monteith from an overdose of heroin and alcohol, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy tells Deadline that a quick return to work was a collective decision made by cast and crew, which decided the best way to deal with the grief of losing the show’s breakout star was to return to work and mourn together. That decision was made after consulting with Monteith’s longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele, as well as Monteith’s heartbroken costars and crew.
“We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work,” Murphy said. “We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn’s character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don’t know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot.” Murphy will write that episode with co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, but acknowledges they aren’t sure at this early stage what form it will take. They will have to have it ready when they finish the first two segments, which is a tribute to The Beatles, and the trio will write the episode using Michele as a creative barometer.
Fox Network and the producer of Glee have decided to delay the start of the new season in the wake of last week’s death of Cory Monteith. The series had been scheduled to begin its fifth season on September 19 in order to get a jump on the fall TV season. That would have allowed Glee to get four original episodes aired before the musical series could potentially could run into a postseason baseball interruption. Two episodes of the new season had been written before the cast and show creatives went on hiatus — episodes on which Monteith’s character Finn Hudson was to have appeared. They would have marked the actor’s return to the show after leaving early last season to enter drug rehab.
Monteith was found dead Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room; a hotel staffer discovered his body after the actor missed his checkout time. Early autopsy reports indicate that the 31-year-old Monteith, who said he had struggled with drug addiction since his early teens, died of an overdose.
The one-week premiere delay to September 26 gives Glee creator Ryan Murphy and the writers more time to rewrite those episodes and consider how to most respectfully deal with the death of the actor who became a breakout star on the high school musical series.
An autopsy will be conducted on the body of Glee star Cory Monteith today, as Fox execs begin discussing how to handle the return of the series on which he was a breakout star. The show’s writers, meanwhile, will consider what to do about the first two episodes in which the return of Monteith’s character was to have played an important part. Fox network had planned to open the Glee’s fifth season early — Sept. 19 – in order to get a batch of episodes broadcast before the network’s annual post-season baseball messing up of its primetime schedule. The first two episodes of the fifth season had been written before the traditional long summer hiatus, in order to get a jump on the new season; production had been scheduled to start next week. The return of Monteith’s character, hunky high school football star turned glee club darling Finn Hudson, was much anticipated by fans, Monteith having been absent from the final episodes of last season to check himself into a drug treatment facility late last March. The 31-year-old Monteith had been open about his substance abuse problems in the past, revealing two years earlier he’d first entered a rehab program in his late teens. Along with Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Monteith had been prominently featured last season despite his character graduating from McKinley High at the end of the previous season as part of a show “reboot.’ When the announcement was made that he was temporarily leaving the show, Glee production house 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement, “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”
Cory Monteith, who broke out as one of the original stars of Fox‘s Glee, was found dead in his hotel room Saturday in Vancouver, BC. He was 31. No foul play was suspected and Vancouver police said the actor had been dead for several hours when he was discovered this morning; acting police chief Doug Lapard says an autopsy will be performed Monday. The Vancouver Sun reported that Monteith’s family, which is from BC, were notified late Saturday of his death. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic news”, said Fox, series producer 20th Century Fox TV and Glee‘s executive producers in a statement. “Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.” According to police, Monteith had checked into the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel July 6 and was due to check out today.
Glee‘s Ryan Murphy tweeted tonight that the Season 8 American Idol runner-up will join the Fox series for its upcoming fifth season. “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall,” the showrunner wrote. Murphy offered up no details about the singer’s role on the show, but this could mean Lambert’s name is off the shortlist for a seat on the Idol judges table left vacant by the recent departures of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. He has been talked up as a possible replacement on the aging Fox singing competition’s panel, along with fellow Idol alums Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time network nepotism has made its way to the Glee set; 2012 Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez made a couple of appearances this past season.
A day after downgrading Glee veterans Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum Jr (Mike), Fox has promoted New Directions’ latest recruits. Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), and Blake Jenner (Ryder), and Alex Newell (Wade AKA “Unique”) will anchor the musical dramedy as series regulars. Glee returns for its fifth season in September.