Acknowledging that there’s essentially “no ‘right’ way to do it,” the McKinley vet says he was blown away when he first read the script for the episode, which is slated to air on Oct. 10.
“There are so many incredibly well written and powerful scenes,” he shares, before singling out one sequence as being particularly moving. “When [the cast] got the script, we were all reading it together and we were like, ‘Did you get to that one scene.’ And when you see it everyone will know what that one scene is.”
McHale says reactions to Finn’s death will be both varied and surprising, noting that some castmembers “are having to play reactions that they obviously would not feel in real-life, and that’s a weird thing to play. Because you want people to know how you actually feel. But [Ryan Murphy & Co. are staying true to] the characters, and that’s the smart thing to do.”
For example. several characters find themselves in a deep state of denial. “Some people aren’t dealing with the loss of Finn, and it’s a difficult thing because in real life none of us were like that,” he explains. “We were all very much dealing with it.”
Demi Lovato’s new Glee character will forge more than just a friendship with Naya Rivera’s Santana this fall.
“She’s playing my love interest,” Rivera tells People.com, adding, “I’m very, very excited about it.”
As first reported by TVLine, the X Factor judge is set to appear in at least six episodes of Glee as Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist pal of Rachel and Santana’s.
Lovato will debut in this season’s second episode, airing Oct. 3.
TVLine has confirmed that Phoebe Strole, who starred alongside Lea Michele and ex-Glee guest star Jonathan Groff during Awakening‘s original Broadway run, is joining the Fox dramedy’s Season 5 cast in a recurring role.
Per Deadline, Strole will Penny Owen, a sophomore in college who wants to get into nursing school and who becomes Sam’s new love interest.
Michele broke the news of Strole’s casting Thursday on Twitter.
We’ve talked to sources who have read the script for Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute episode, which is scheduled to begin production today in Los Angeles, and by all accounts, it does not disappoint.
“You will cry from beginning to end,” says one insider.
“I cried as I read it, on every page,” says another.
No spoilers here, but we can tell you that the episode takes place in Lima, Ohio, and centers around the death of Cory’s character Finn Hudson. As promised, it is not revealed how Finn died, but the episode starts off with the news of his death and then moves on to focus on all the characters remembering and mourning him, and celebrating his life.
We are told that Lea Michele (Rachel) does not appear in the episode until the final act. Her presence is limited but incredibly powerful. And yes, she does sing.
We can also tell you that Santana (Naya Rivera) has a great, memorable part in the episode.
And the final song? Get ready to ugly cry.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy previously revealed he felt it best not to include Finn’s cause of death in Cory’s tribute episode.
“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose—that was something we had considered,” he said. ”But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.”
“Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died,” Murphy explained. “The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”
Murphy previously told E! News he had planned to shoot the Monteith tribute (episode three) and then take a break to regroup and figure out how to move forward with the series. The initial plan for Glee‘s season five was to have Monteith heavily featured, at his own request, so some of the story arcs must be reconfigured.
Glee cast, we are thinking of you.
Jane Lynch tweeted Wednesday that the script was the “most beautiful thing” and thanked series creator Ryan Murphy and executive producers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
Murphy recently said Finn’s passing would not mirror what happened to Monteith, who died from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol in July — and that the memorial episode may not definitively say how Finn passes away.
“How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way,” Murphy said.
“I think [the script] turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how some people grieve. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”
Ryan added that “the really difficult thing” — filming the episode in question — began the week of Aug. 12.
Actress-singer and X Factor judge Demi Lovato is nearing a deal to join the Fox musical dramedy’s upcoming fifth season for a significant arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
According to sources, Lovato (who turns 21 on Tuesday) will play Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s. She will also interact frequently with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, and the pair will have several musical numbers together.
Lovato’s deal calls for her to appear in at least six episodes, beginning with the second part of the show’s Beatles’ tribute, airing Oct. 3. (Glee will work around Lovato’s X Factor schedule.)
The Glee gig marks Lovato’s first major acting role since her Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance went off the air two years ago. Additional acting credits include the Camp Rock films and episodes of Prison Break and Grey’s Anatomy.
Expect Fox to maximize the cross-promotional opportunities, what with X Factor‘s results show leading into Glee on Thursdays this fall. (I’m calling the tagline: “It’s Demi X 2!”)
Glee returns with Season 5 on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c.
“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered,” Murphy revealed in an interview with Deadline. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.”
In fact, viewers may never learn the exact circumstances of Finn’s death, the showrunner added. “How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid,” Murphy continued, “but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”
Murphy added that Glee‘s “cast and crew have had solace in being together” shooting Season 5′s pair of Beatles-themed installments, but “the really difficult thing” — filming the Finn tribute — will begin this week. “I think [the script] turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how some people grieve,” he added. “We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”
What do you think of Murphy’s revelations about the Finn tribute? Are you relieved the character won’t die from a drug overdose, or do you think that option could have provided a teachable moment for viewers? Sound off below.