Things are both happy and sad over on the Glee set this week. Naya Rivera made the happy announcement that she is engaged, and then Ryan Murphy released the new promo for Cory Monteith’s tribute episode. We have the latest Glee news. Plus, we spoke with Naya about Cory’s passing.
Since Cory Monteith's tragic passing in July, we've all been speculating as to how the show will handle his death, and creator Ryan Murphy has just provided more solid details. Murphy had already addressed the actor's untimely death a week after his fatal drug overdose, but in a new interview with Deadline, he talked specifically about how Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, will be written off the show. We knew there would be a memorial episode, and the cast would shoot PSAs about drug addiction, but now it sounds like audiences might not find out how Finn dies.
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Glee producer Ryan Murphy has broken his silence since Cory Monteith's tragic death, after it was announced this week that the production of Glee's fifth season will be delayed until late August with a premiere date of Sept. 26. Ryan spoke to Deadline about the future of the show, saying, "We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work. 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."
In another interview with E! News, Ryan opened up about the recent loss of his friend and colleague, saying, "It's hard to even explain how personally upsetting it is," and, "His last words to me were 'I want to get better.'" Ryan also revealed that the future of the show rested on Lea Michele's shoulders: "Ultimately the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him." He added, "I've never met any 26-year-old person stronger than Lea. I think she's handled this with a great amount of decency and grace and privacy."
See more from Ryan on Cory's death and what's next for Glee when you keep reading.
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Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Jane Lynch were joined by their Glee cast members to honor Ryan Murphy as he received the PaleyFest Icon Award in LA last night. Lea wore a sheer black Vivienne Tam dress while her boyfriend, Cory, went for a simple suit at the event. The Glee cast weren't the only stars from Ryan's shows to attend the shindig — Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, and Leslie Grossman from Ryan's first show, Popular, walked the red carpet along with Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha from The New Normal. Many of the stars of Ryan's shows have grown close with the prolific TV creator, and Andrew, Naya Rivera, and Darren Criss even did some impressions of Ryan Murphy on the red carpet for the Associated Press. After the award ceremony, Lea tweeted, "A beautiful night honoring the amazing Ryan Murphy. So happy for him. What a joy to be in such an amazing room with such incredible people."
Gwyneth Paltrow showed skin in a cutout little black dress designed by Michael Kors at last night's Golden Heart Gala, benefiting the God's Love We Deliver charity, in NYC. She was joined at the charitable event by other Michael Kors-clad celebrities like Karolina Kurkova, a newly brunette Brooklyn Decker, and Anna Wintour. Michael himself had the honor of sitting between Bette Midler and Anna Wintour during dinner. Gwyneth took the stage to introduce Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who made a speech and even asked Bette if she'd make a cameo on Glee — to his relief, she said yes! Michael was also honored at the fete for making a generous gift that will allow God's Love, a nonprofit that delivers meals to the seriously ill, to fund a new building.
Kate Hudson was a guest of honor at last night's Glee season four launch party in LA. She donned Alexander McQueen to pose with the show's leading lady Lea Michele, in Versace. Other stars of the Fox hit, including Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, and Mark Salling, were also on hand for the bash. It was great fun for Lea, who tweeted, "Best night ever! Got to see the first two episodes and they're amazing! Season 4 starts tomorrow!" Kate Hudson's role on Glee is one of the many celeb cameos to come — Sarah Jessica Parker also has a small part. Kate plays Cassandra July, Lea's character Rachel's dance teacher at a new performing arts school in the Big Apple. Kate made the rounds at the afterparty as well, posing with Lea, Chord Overstreet, and show runner Ryan Murphy.