The Week In Gleek: “Glee” Will Go On, New Cast Members, “Glee Project” Canceled

This week’s Week in Gleek is a somber one, as the Glee fandom is still reeling from the sudden death of Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old Canadian actor who played Finn Hudson on the show. This week we’ll be dedicating the entire column to Monteith-related news items, and we’ll return you to hopefully more gleeful coverage next week.

Glee Will Go On

Monteith’s death has left many wondering how the show will move forward, as the cast was slated to return to work next week with scripts that reportedly featured Finn heavily. Some have said the show might close its doors, but the series will solidier on, and likely address the death in some fashion: “Glee is definitely not canceled,” sources told TMZ. “If you look at the dollars and cents of the show and that it was very much an ensemble with new kids being added last year when some graduated. It’s clear that the show wasn’t about one character.” There’s no word on how fast production will begin on the show, however.

Monteith was cremated Tuesday after a private viewing, attended by family members and co-star/girlfriend Lea Michele. Cory’s father, Joe Monteith, wasn’t aware of the memorial service, however: “[I] am going to miss Cory very, very much,” he  said in a ssatement. “I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated,” Joe told the site.

Hollywood reacts to Cory Monteith’s Death

On Wednesday, Monteith’s Glee co-star and former on-screen love interest Dianna Agron spoke publicly for the first time since his death: “I have never lost a friend. In this difficult time, I am leaning on all of the wonderful memories we shared with Cory, how many ways he was able to make us smile,” Agron said. “Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent.”

Two New Roles Being Cast In Wake of Death

Last week casting calls went out for two new roles on Glee, and sources told E! News that the casting process has not been halted following Monteith’s death. The first of the two new roles is Jenny, a twentysomething who will appear in episode two and stay as a major recurring guest star. The second is a new African-American student at McKinley. Both roles require singing.

More Glee Costars Release Statements

Most of the core Glee cast have remained mum following Monteith’s death, but a few have relased statements this week. Naya Rivera, who’s on the cover of the most recent issue of Complex, released a statement that reads in part: “He was a special part of this world and will forever be missed.” Dianna Agron, who played Monteith’s off-and-on love interest over several seasons of the show, said of Monteith, “Cory is so deserving of that place in everyone’s hearts. He was one of the most generous and kind people that I have ever met. He had a smart, curious mind, he was an enormous talent.”

Additionally, Jane Lynch memorialized Monteith as a “real bright light” during an appearance on Jay Leno Wednesday:

Glee Fan Convention Becomes Impromptu Memorial, Fans Mourn at Paramount

Gleeks in England were in the midst of a Glee convention when the news of Monteith’s death broke, and abandoned planned events to hold impromptu remembrances of the star and support groups for fans shocked by the news. “We all woke up to hear the story, and no one really wanted to believe it was true,” Chloe-Louise Bond, a 22-year-old fan from Wakefield, England, told The Associated Press. “Walking into the main room, you could just feel the tragedy in the air, absolute strangers became a family right in that moment. Everyone was crying and hugging and just trying to get over the shock.”

The fans spent the day chanting “Cory, Cory, Cory” and singing along to his iconic Glee hits like “Don’t Stop Believing,” as captured in the video below.  Across the globe at the Paramount Lot where Glee films, fans gathered for a candlelight vigil and left flowers, cards and memorabilia in honor of Monteith.

Monteith’s Final Public Photo Revealed

The last public photo of the Glee star comes from two days before his death.  While out to lunch with mentor Maureen Webb in Vancouver his agent Elena snapped a silhouetted shot of Monteith and Tweeted it with the caption on July 11th:

“@eastofMAINcafe and @ProjLimelight Great meal with good friends. @maureenwebb Oh. And this guy. @CoryMonteith” 

Monteith uploaded the same photos as his profile picture to his own Twitter account before his death.

No More The Glee Project, Says Oxygen

This isn’t directly Monteith-related news, but sad nonetheless.: Oxygen will not produce another season of The Glee Project, the reality show that awarded winning contestants with a guest role on Glee.  Winners included Blake Jenner, who plays Ryder Lynn this season, as well as Sam Larsen and Damien McGinty, who played Joe and Sam on the series. Runners up have also earned spots on the show, too most famously Alex Newell, who plays Unique and was just bumped to series regular status after two seasons recurring on the show.

Previously: The Week in Gleek: Morrison Says No To Blaine/Kurt Wedding, Lea Michelle’s Puppies, More