After almost a week now of speculation, Fox finally made the announcement official on Friday: The upcoming premiere of “Glee” season 5 is going to take place a little bit later than previously planned.
However, what is coming as a surprise is that the show is really not pushing back the start of the new season that long at all, at least when you consider what many expectations were. The original premiere date for the show was going to be Thursday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, and now it is going to be September 26, which is obviously only a week later.
So what are our principal concerns with this? There are many, beginning with the issue of whether or not this delay is really going to bring enough time for all of the cast members to grieve and process the tragedy that has befallen their family. Even the crew and the writers / producers were close to Cory, and this is also a loss for them.
Also, delaying the start of production until August (it was originally going to start Monday) is not exactly giving these writers much time to figure out how to handle what has transpired. They now have to rewrite most of their entire storylines without Finn there; it is not clear what they will do, but we’re assuming that they have no choice but to kill him off. If they leave him alive, it would taint the memory of the character that he would never want to be with Rachel. It’s a situation some shows run into with living actors who have no desire to return for more work (see Dan Stevens on “Downton Abbey”).
Ultimately, it was never in question that “Glee” would go on, but we are still feeling the shock of it going on so quickly.
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