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'Glee' may struggle to overcome Cory Monteith's death, Fox says

Monteith's relationship with Lea Michele was going strong on and off screen, reports say.

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Monteith's relationship with Lea Michele was going strong on and off screen, reports say.



It may seem too soon to be worried about the TV business so soon after Cory Monteith's death, but Fox News says Glee producers are in "crisis" mode after the actor was found dead over the weekend.

While the show's creators are yet talking about the death, Fox found several analysts who say that mid-August shooting and a Sept. 11 premiere are going to strain creativity as the show tries to make Monteith's character Finn Hudson go away.

“He leaves a major hole in the heart of the show that will be challenging for the writers and producers to address," pop culture expert Scott Huver told Fox.

"While the Glee staff and especially series creator Ryan Murphy have never shied away from handling controversial, tragic or dark subject matter, translating Monteith’s loss into a ‘death of Finn’ storyline may simply prove to be too sad and all-consuming for the show, but glossing over his absence seems unrealistic. Whatever they decide, the writers will have to proceed very delicately lest dealing with the outcome overwhelm the show’s generally light, fun-loving tone.”

But one crisis communications expert said the show could actually use the show to help fans deal with the tragedy of the 31-year-old's death:

“They may decide to handle what happened honestly; his character may be portrayed as dying suddenly and shockingly. That may provide both the cast and the public to grieve,” Glenn Selig of The Publicity Agency told Fox. “Whatever producers decide to do they will need to tread carefully because Cory Monteith was so well liked and what happened is so incredibly tragic.”

E! reports the Vancouver Police Department will speed up autopsy results, possibly as soon as Tuesday. "Due to the intense public interest, the toxicology will be expedited," a source said.

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 4:10pm]


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