In the wake of actor Cory Monteith’s tragic passing, Glee show creator Ryan Murphy spoke with E! News last weekend about plans for the show to deal with the death of one of its lead actors.
According to Murphy, after deliberating on whether to end the show completely or to move on—and with input from Monteith’s co-star and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele—the decision was made to move forward, airing two episodes that have already been shot, followed by a third, tribute episode dealing with the death of Monteith’s character, Finn.
That being said, the fifth season of Glee looks to be a short one. “After that episode airs, we’re going to go off the air for a while and take a little hiatus and figure out what is the future of the show,” Murphy told E! News.
After news broke of Monteith’s death in a Vancouver hotel room, autopsy reports concluded that he died from a mixture of alcohol and heroin. Monteith had a history of substance abuse and rehab stints, the latest occurring in late March. According to Murphy, the show had staged an intervention and refused to allow Monteith to continue working until he got sober.
While an extremely popular television series, Glee has made its mark in the music industry, as well, with its cast (including Monteith) making regular appearances on the Billboard charts.