The new season of Glee is about to air, while another season has already been renewed! Who knew lovers of young people dancing in shitty musicals extended beyond Zac Efron fans? Anyway, the fifth season has a lot in store for fans, and there will quite a few changes, which is to be expected after the shocking death of a cast member.
The show will premiere with a two-parter Beatles tribute. The first part is called “Love Love Love”, and the second part is titled “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds”.
This will be the first season to not have Cory Monteith, who recently died due to a drug-related accident. The third episode, named “The Quarterback”, will be a tribute to him, and, yes, will feature the death of his character, Finn Hudson. After that, there’ll be a hiatus where the screenwriters will figure out what to do with the rest of the season.
Speaking with Deadline, series co-creator Ryan Murphy talked about the third episode:
At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. 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. 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. The cast and crew have had solace in being together. They’ve been holed up doing those Beatles numbers. There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people.
There has been a a shuffle up in the cast this season. Some regular members have been relegated to recurring roles, while guest stars from previous season have been promoted to the main cast.
Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams.
Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson.
Lea Michele as Rachel Berry. She won’t appear until the third episode.
Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang.
Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans. Reportedly, a new love interest for him, named Penny, will be introduced in this season.
Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman.
Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez.
Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose.
Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn.
Alex Newell as Wade “Unique” Adams.
Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde.
Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones.
Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce.
Mark Salling as Noah “Puck” Puckerman.
Harry Shum, Jr. as Mike Chang.
NeNe Leakes as Coach Roz Washington.
Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste.
Adam Lambert, from American Idol, will be joining the cast this season, along with X-Factor’s Demi Lovato, who’ll play a lesbian character called Dani. She’ll be Santana’s love interest. Speaking with Access Hollywood about the character, she said:
I get to play a lesbian on the show and that’s something that I feel like hasn’t really been brought to primetime with, you know, as a young actress. And I think it represents where our society is today. It’s becoming the norm and I’m really glad that I get to represent that — how far we’ve come. You know, 15 years ago you wouldn’t have seen that on TV, but now people are becoming more comfortable with it and I’m glad that I get to represent that, and also, just hopefully inspire people with my character to love who they are and accept who they are and not give a crap what other people think.
The season will premiere on September 26, 2013, a week after the previously scheduled date.
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