Glee Season 5 Spoiler: Cory Monteith's Tragic Death May Halt Show Production a Month

Glee Season 5 Spoiler: Cory Monteith's Tragic Death May Halt Show Production a Month

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UPDATE, 7/30/13: It's been announced that production on the show will resume filming on August 5, bumping Glee's season 5 premiere a week later than originally planned - to Thursday, September 26.

I felt sick Sunday morning when I found out about Cory Monteith's (Finn) death on Saturday, July 13, so it hurts to have to relay even that information - but now according to NY Daily News, Glee may halt production of season 5 so that the writers and cast can cope with the loss.

Fans of “Glee” may have to wait until November for the popular musical show’s return, sources said.

Fox officials began talks Monday about how to handle the death of “Glee” star Cory Monteith. One of the show’s breakout stars, Monteith was found dead Saturday, alone in a Vancouver hotel room.

One idea that is said to be getting a serious look is to delay production for about a month, “to let everyone breathe,” a Fox source said. That move would force the show to miss its original production start date next week.

TMZ also mentioned an "emergency meeting" for the Glee writers:

"Glee" is going full steam ahead without Cory Monteith -- and TMZ has learned, the show's writers have called an emergency meeting today [Wednesday, July 17] to figure out how to work him out of the story.

Sources close to production tell us, “Glee is definitely not canceled. If you look at the dollars and cents of the show and that it was very much an ensemble with new kids being added last year when some graduated. It’s clear that the show wasn’t about one character."

Our source says producers are taking their cue from shows like "8 Simple Rules" and "The West Wing," which have also suffered real-life deaths ... the lesson being: one character doesn't make or break a show.

Our source adds, "The producers and writers are taking time to meet and figure out how to best address this situation in the context of Glee. No decision has been reached about a script yet, as it’s still early."

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Unlike some of the previous cast leaving the show this past season, Cory was scheduled to stay on the show for season 5 as as series regular - along with real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), and Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) - the first two episodes of the season even already being written (via Deadline), and with him in them.

How do you think Glee will move forward after this? Will they write Cory's death into the show for Finn, or honor him some other way? (P.S. This is a good article on Cory's death and Finn's character by The Daily Beast, if you'd like more food for thought.)

Image credit: Ryan Murphy via Twitter