In light of the tragic passing of beloved GLEE cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of GLEE until early August. Season Five of GLEE will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. No further details are available at this time.
Monteith played loveable FINN HUDSON, the star quarterback of McKinley High who became a leader of glee club New Directions. Outside of GLEE, Monteith worked closely with several charitable organizations, devoted to helping people effect positive change in their lives. In honor of his passing, the following groups will be accepting donations in his name:
- · Project Limelight Society: www.projectlimelightsociety.org
- · Virgin Unite: www.virginunite.com
- · Chrysalis: www.changelives.org/donate
The show will premiere Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET. It was originally scheduled to premiere Sept. 19.
Fox said Friday that production on the show's fifth season has been delayed until early August, "in light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith."
Monteith died early Sunday morning in Vancouver from a drug overdose.
The British Columbia coroner called the death a "most tragic accident" and noted that it stemmed from a mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.
GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers.