Cory Monteith's character was going to become a teacher on Glee.
The late actor was the driving force behind the show according to its creator Ryan Murphy, who was planning to turn Cory's alter-ego, confused jock Finn Hudson, into a Glee Club mentor to replace Will Schuester [Matthew Morrison] before the 31-year-old star's tragic death from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July.
Ryan has now made public the touching eulogy which he read at the private memorial service held for Cory at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the show is filmed. According to Entertainment Weekly, he told his fellow mourners, "For me, Cory was both the beginning and the ending of Glee ... literally ... The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I've always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star. At the end of season six, Lea [Michele]'s Rachel [Berry] was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's Glee Club. 'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The end."
Heather Morris and a host of former Glee stars will reunite for the show's 100th episode.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy announced on his Twitter account this week that all of the original cast members are being invited back for the celebratory episode. He has now confirmed that Heather - who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce in the show - will return, along with Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Mark Salling (Puck), Dancing with the Stars winner Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Kristin Chenoweth (April), who won an Emmy for her guest turn.
Heather hasn't appeared in the program since the fourth-season finale when Brittany was written out of the series, after announcing she was bound for early admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since her exit, actress Heather and her boyfriend Taylor Hubbella welcomed their first child in the world, Elijah, who was born in September.
Whether Dianna Agron, who played Quinn, will return for the special episode remains unclear. The actress has not appeared since the 14th episode of Glee's fourth season and was not a part of season five's tribute to late star Cory Monteith.
The rumors were true: Stevie Nicks will be coming to American Horror Story: Coven. With the popularity of the hit FX show rising each week and the fact that Ryan Murphy seems to have some magical power convincing any person on Earth to guest star for his shows, the announcement was not all that surprising (although nonetheless exciting!).
"Guess who's visiting the Coven? The legendary Stevie Nicks!" Murphy wrote on his Twitter this morning.
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Considering American Horror Story's jump in ratings from previous seasons as well as its increasing popularity, it comes as no surprise that FX has decided to renew the horror anthology - they just made it official.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions released a statement regarding the announcement:
"Put simply, Ryan Murphy is a master television producer. Time and time again he reinvents the form. What he, co-creator Brad Falchuk and their producers... and the entire production team and cast responsible for the American Horror Story franchise have done is nothing short of extraordinary. Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries. AHS: Coven is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better."
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Lea Michele will reportedly star in her own Glee spin-off.
The hit show's creator Ryan Murphy is planning to launch a new show which will center on the actress' character, Rachel Berry, and feature some of the other stars from the musical comedy in supporting roles.
The news comes just weeks after it was confirmed Glee will end in 2015 after its sixth series. "This will be announced soon. They're making the deals now and it also presents a viable exit plan for the main Glee series itself - in that some of its core cast would also migrate to the Lea Michele project as Glee is showing signs of aging," a source said.
Glee was rocked by the death of Lea's boyfriend Cory Monteith, who played her on-screen beau Finn Hudson, in July. The actor - who had a long history of battling drug abuse - succumbed to a deadly combination of heroin and alcohol in a hotel room in Montreal, Canada.
Just as American Horror Story: Coven has gotten you hooked and incessantly wondering how it's possible that each season of the show gets better than its predecessor, Jessica Lange drops the disparaging news that she'll be bowing out of the hit FX show after next season.
“I’ll do one more season. That’ll be it,” the two-time Academy Award winner said.
Here's to hoping that co-creator Ryan Murphy is correct in recently stating, “Every year, [Jessica Lange] says, ‘OK, that’s my last one.’"
In the meantime, Lange is enjoying her stay in New Orleans, where production for the horror anthology - which airs Wednesday nights on FX - continues: "[New Orleans] has this extraordinary ability to live in the past and the present. Time kind of melds. I don’t know any other place like that."
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Glee will end after its sixth season, creator Ryan Murphy has announced. The writer says the next series of the musical TV show will be the last and he has revealed he had already penned the final scenes which would have featured Lea Michele and Cory Monteith - who were a couple in real life - playing on-screen lovers Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson.
Following Cory's sad death in July from a heroin and alcohol overdose, Ryan has had to re-think the focus of the final series Speaking at the Paley Center in Los Angeles at an event honoring the FX Network last night, Ryan said, "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him."
Like everyone associated with Glee', Ryan is still in shock over Cory's death at the age of just 31 and he admits he's yet to come up with a new storyline for the final run: "When a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now," said the 47 year-old showrunner.
Glee will film a tribute episode to Cory Monteith before taking a long hiatus.
The 31-year-old star - who played Finn Hudson in the show - was found dead last weekend following a heroin and alcohol overdose and creator Ryan Murphy has revealed the cast will film an episode dealing with Finn's death before taking a break to determine the future of Glee.
"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 out best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot," he told Deadline.
Meanwhile, Cory's father Joe has claimed his son's drug addiction was worse than "anybody knew." Speaking about Cory - who first entered rehab at the age of 19 before a second stint earlier this year following a relapse - Joe said, "I guess he was involved a little more in drugs than anybody knew at the time. His mother who was there with him all the time, she started picking up on it, you know stuff was missing, money here, stuff like that."
Emma Roberts is set to join the cast of American Horror Story: Coven.
The 22-year-old actress - whose Fox pilot Delirium was not picked up - is close to signing a deal to star in the third season of Ryan Murphy's FX drama alongside her boyfriend Evan Peters, according to TVLine. Emma will join fellow newcomers Kathy Bates and Gabourey Sidibe and returning castmembers Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe.
Although it will focus on witches, Ryan recently promised the third season of the show will be more upbeat than before. "It's a really cool story that we've been talking for a couple years, and this seemed to be the year to do it. What season three is about is more historical in nature. I'm also interested in getting into a horror romance. That's certainly something that's going to be in the water for season three. You're going to see a very different tone in season three, but that's the joy of the show. I think as a person right now I do feel lighter and wanting to embrace something a little bit more fun," he said.
Glee has been renewed for two more seasons. The musical/comedy show has been confirmed for series five and six after impressing Fox bosses with its ratings in its fourth season.
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture. Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show and I'm absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons," said Fox president Kevin Reilly.
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