Executives at Fox Network have postponed the season premiere of Glee following the death of its star Cory Monteith.
The actor died last weekend (13Jul13) aged 31 after taking a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.
The first episode of the fifth season of Glee, the show which catapulted him to international fame upon its debut in 2009, was set to hit screens on 19 September (13), but TV bosses have now decided to push it back until 26 September (13).
The musical’s creator Ryan Murphy has not commented on how Monteith’s death will affect the show.
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Britney Spears’ handlers are livid after watching the stars ofGlee ridicule the pop star’s public meltdown just minutes after her latest appearance on The X Factor Thursday night.
The latest Glee episode was billed as a second tribute to theToxic hitmaker – but instead of just reworking the singer’s hits on the show, creator Ryan Murphy and his writers recreated Spears’ 2008 breakdown, even filming a scene in which Heather Morris’ character, Brittany S. Pierce, attacks a high school journalist with an umbrella, and another where she lip syncs and appears distant and out-of-step during a performance.
The real Britney attacked paparazzi with an umbrella as they hounded her following a head-shaving incident – something else that was referenced on Glee – and Spears was savaged for an ill-conceived 2007 performance of Gimme More at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she appeared to be more than a little out of sorts.
Ironically, the latest Glee episode aired directly after Spears’ The X Factor show – on the same channel.
Calling the drama a “low blow” during his Access Hollywood Live show on Friday morning, television personality Billy Bush revealed he had been in touch with Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph, who revealed he had not seen or head about the episode before it aired on the Fox channel.
Bush said, “I can tell you that Britney’s manager, Larry, is livid. He’s not happy.”
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is planning an all-Whitney Houston episode to pay tribute to the late star, according to U.S. reports.
The producer/director paid homage to the tragic superstar with a note at the end of the Glee episode which aired the week after the singer’s 11 February death – and featured Amber Riley’s pitch perfect rendition of Houston’s I Will Always Love You signature tune.
And now he’s planning to showcase eight of the soul star’s hits in an episode that will revolve around Houston’s music, according to Eonline.com.
A source tells the website the show will use the music “as a way to say goodbye, a way to respectfully say thank you for her music.”
And Glee star Lea Michele appears to have confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday. She wrote, “Starting a new episode today. A very special tribute to one of the world’s most amazing singers. Very excited about this one.”
Glee is losing at least three leading characters when the third season wraps up this fall. Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not return for a fourth season. Their characters will depart after graduating from William McKinnley High School.
“We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.
“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year,” he added.
Other characters will also be leaving the show, but Murphy won’t reveal who until season 3 kicks off in September.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is in talks to revamp cult 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show after paying tribute to the Richard O’Brien film on TV.
A week before the Rocky Horror Show-themed Glee episode airs on October 26, Murphy has been named as the favorite to direct a new version of the camp classic.
According to online reports, Murphy has met with Fox movie bosses, but has yet to commit to the project.
The original film featured Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Meat Loaf.
The movie was adapted from a stage musical, written and developed by O’Brien.
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