Glee gives Cory Monteith his swan song tonight
Posted: October 10, 2013 at 3 a.m.
It’ll be bittersweet on Glee tonight as the series says farewell to Finn Hudson.
The episode, “The Quarterback,” airs at 8 p.m. on Fox and also will be a farewell and tribute to Cory Monteith, the Canadian actor who played Finn since the series debuted in 2009. Monteith died of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on July 13.
Monteith, 31, had a long history of drug use and had been in rehabilitation a couple of times.
In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Monteith spoke frankly about his addiction since he was a teen and said he “was lucky to be alive.”
Series creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that the farewell episode was “incredibly difficult to work on” and “very difficult to shoot.”
He added, “I’ve never seen a crew that you can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing. It was very hard. I struggled even working on it because what you’re seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It’s amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love.”
Murphy noted the episode was especially difficult for Monteith’s co-star and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele (Rachel Berry).
The episode does not reveal the cause of Finn’s death. Murphy explained in an interview with E!, “How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on [that] this episode is about a celebration of that character’s life. That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”
In a tribute during the Emmy Awards last month, costar Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) said, “Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was,and mourn the loss of all he could have been.”
Following tonight’s episode, Glee will take a hiatus while Fox concentrates on baseball. Murphy says they’ll spend the break mapping out the show’s future without Finn.
Fantasy time. On a happier note, Here’s your reminder that ABC unveils Once Upon a Time in Wonderland at 7 p.m. today. I previewed the ambitious spin off of Once Upon a Time in last Sunday’s TV Week.
If that has fallen behind the couch since then, here’s all you need to know.
This isn’t your grandmother’s sweet little Alice anymore. Played by Sophie Lowe, this Alice is ready to take names and kick butts in her quest to find her beloved genie Cyrus down the rabbit hole.
Check this one out. It’s sweeping and visually appealing and not another cop show. We need to reward those efforts.
Family fare. Here’s something rewarding for the entire family to enjoy. Signed, Sealed, Delivered airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on Hallmark Channel. The movie comes from Martha Williamson, the writer/producer who brought us Touched by an Angel and Promised Land.
The two-hour movie is the pilot for a 10-episode series that will premiere next year. It stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), Kristin Booth (The Kennedys), Crystal Lowe (Smallville) and Geoff Gustafson (Primeval: New World).
Signed, Sealed, Delivered follows a quartet of postal employees who transform themselves into an elite team of lost-mail detectives. Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place) plays the postal office supervisor.
Their mission takes them out of the dead letter office “and into an unpredictable world where letters and packages from the past save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but always miraculously on time.”
This is Williamson’s first venture back to TV after taking a decade off to raise her two daughters.
“As much as the television landscape has changed,” Williamson said of her time away, “the audience for positive and inspiring programming hasn’t gone anywhere.”
Early renewal. The new fall season is only a few weeks old, but Fox has already ordered a second season of its quirky new sci-fi drama Sleepy Hollow.
With 13.4 million viewers, the series had the most successful Fox fall premiere since 24 debuted 13 years ago. Adding Web streaming, on demand views and DVRs, Fox boasted that more than 22 million people watched the first episode.
Fox had its bets hedged, however. The network only ordered 13 episodes for a first season. There will be 13 more in Season 2. A typical single full season has 22 episodes.
Beebe responds. Gov. Mike Beebe will take questions and discuss state issues tonight on AETN on the next live episode of Arkansans Ask at 7 p.m. The hour program will be moderated by Steve Barnes.
The email address for your questions is email@example.com.
Program note. Arkansas Kali Hardig, the 12 year old who survived a near-fatal brain-eating amoeba, will be on ABC’s Katie at 2 p.m. today.
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