Glee Season 5 Premiere Delayed Following Cory Monteith's Death

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Glee has pushed back the premiere of its fifth season due to the tragic death of Cory Monteith.

Originally slated for a September 19 start, the hit Fox show will now return September 26.

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In a statement, Fox says that executive producers, 20th Century Fox TV and the network have decided to delay the start of Glee Season 5 production until August, pushing back the premiere slightly.

Encore presentations of Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air in its place September 19.

Fox also notes that in honor of Cory Monteith's passing, a trio of organizations - Project Limelight Society, Chrysalis and Virgin Unite - will be accepting donations in the 31-year-old actor's name.

Monteith played Finn Hudson on Glee for the first four seasons of its run.

How do you think the show can - and will - handle his tragic absence?

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Blaine: I needed you. I needed you around and you weren't there. And I was lonely. And I'm...I'm really sorry.
Kurt: You don't think that I've been lonely? You don't think that I've had temptations? But I didn't act on it because I knew what it meant. It meant something horrible and awful.