Glee Season 5: Almost Cancelled After Cory Monteith’s Death
Glee’s Season 5 premiere has been pushed back a week as the show’s writers grapple with how to write Finn (Cory Monteith) out of the show. (If you’re up for spoilers, creator Ryan Murphy just revealed whether or not Finn Hudson will die.) But we’re now learning that producers actually considered ending the show for good following Cory’s shocking death.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy tells E! News that he would have ended the series if Lea Michele (Rachel) had wanted him to. “If Lea had said to me, 'I could never do this again, and I don't want to do this again,' you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do?” Ryan explains. “And I would've, out of respect to her as a person, said 'OK,' but that's not how Lea operates; that's not how she feels.”
“She's handled this with so much humanity and grace, and she's also handled this in a way where she's trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed,” Ryan says. “That was never on the table for her, and I said, 'OK.'”
Moving forward, Ryan plans to get Lea’s approval on all Finn-related story ideas. “Nothing has been done and will be done in terms of any of the material without Lea blessing it and making sure it's OK with her—and she has been,” he says.
We’re relieved that the show is staying on the air, not only because it provides joy to so many people but also since this will allow Glee to give a proper goodbye to Finn and Cory. We know this decision must have been tough for Ryan and Lea to make, so we’re proud of them for allowing the show to pay tribute to Cory.