1. Criss says

    If ratings are any indication, we may need to bump off another cast member. Advertisers love those “can’t look, can’t look away” moments.

  2. Ted says

    Why are we still talking about this kid? He is D.E.A.D. This kid was a good actor, but he certainly wasn’t the BEST actor EVER. Seem like they are just exploiting this kids death for ratings.

  3. mickindetroit says

    @ted — They needed to kill him off on the show. He was playing an integral (maybe not so much anymore, but in the show’s beginning) character.

    I think a better question is why is the show still on at all. IMHO, it’s way past it’s expiration date.

  4. Ghost says

    I just love watching all those straight”gay” characters show their sadness for a TV show. Maybe Cory dated Lea just to keep all the gays on set at bay.

  5. Mattzer says

    Closure and empathy are necessary things in life. I think this was necessary for the cast and the show’s fans. People identified in one way or another with this show and its characters, and mourn.

    These comments don’t seem to show much in the way of empathy or class. A little bit of heart goes a long way, as does silence.

  6. Chuy says

    Very heartfelt episode.

    The style was in alignment with all of Ryan Murphy’s Glee work — touching, sometimes forced and jarring, IMHO. But I definitely felt the love. I fine goodbye to one of the show’s original leads. He’ll be missed.

  7. John P. says

    Thank you, Mattzer!
    A bunch of trolls on parade here. Don’t like Glee? Don’t watch & don’t bother to comment.

  8. Richard says

    This show, to an older generation, may well be a hackneyed, artless talent show. HOWEVER, to the younger generations, it is a message and bringer of hope for the future. The old curmudgeons need to understand and respect it for what it is. There are young people who were deeply touched and hurt that their hero died. He may not have been your hero, but he was a hero and a beacon of hope to countless new LGBTQ children lost in a sea of hate and doubt. It’s not all about you and your aesthetic.

  9. gr8guyca says

    I basically agree with the positive comments posted. But what I have an issue with is whether the emotions of the cast are real – they are crying about the death of Corey – or are they acting – they are crying about the death of Finn.

    For instance, during “Make You Feel My Love,” Chris Colfer and Darren Criss hold hands and give a loving look at each other. Well, that’s acting as their characters. They are reacting as a couple, not two single actors.

    Certainly, it seems that in the final scene, Matthew Morrison is sobbing in character, not as himself. (But maybe not.)

    So, that bothered me. If they are reacting honestly, that’s great and true. If they had to act their sadness, that fake and morbid.

  10. Rocco says

    The tv actor OD’d. He was an addict. He was no hero. I never watched the show, nor knew who this tv guy was until he made a bad choice and now others are mourning AND reaping from his death.

    As for the younger generation/older generation thing, get over it. We paved the way for you to have such things and you’re wasting it on addicts and tributes to them. If you can only find your beacon of hope in a fake character and not take to the streets demanding the govt recognize a disease that is decimating your loved ones, nor enter a church and demand they stop preaching hatred and death about us, then perhaps you should stop watching tv and crack a few books open and go out and talk to us curmudgeons who have survived through all this. We made it through much tougher situations than facing off whiney self-important entitled twerps such as you.

  11. Seattle Mike says

    What reason was given for Finn’s death? I was wondering if it would be close at all to Monteith’s death. (Man, I miss the original cast.)

  12. CMLion says

    Everyone needs closure–I’m sure this was helpful to the cast, as well.

    I only wish they were allowed so sing “live” on several of these songs. I think Lea Michele’s performance would have been stunning if we heard her voice shake a bit. Instead, she’s bawling, yet her voice is clear and steady. The same for Amber Riley’s performance: the girl can knock it way out–but it was so studio manipulated that I can’t watch the video.

    The show may be a mess, but I almost always enjoy the music.

  13. tinkerbelle says


    Having been fascinated by (the phenomena), but never having been a fan of Glee, I find this a rather mind-opening experience. A group of talented, albeit “sit-commed” actors/performers turning in, well, perhaps the performances of their lives. Lee Strasberg would have been proud. Only goes to show that real-life experience, properly taken, can have a positive effect. Corniness aside, I was moved, and impressed. Frankly (and take that you trolls) they KILLED it each performance.

  14. says

    ROCCO – i call your bluff. Your so strong eh? well, it’s National Coming Out Day – click “record” on your computer’s camera, make a video of supportive empowerment, post it on youtube, and post the URL here.

    why am i saying this? because, like i said, I’m calling your bluff. You’re not a strong empowered gay man who paved the way for others, you’re a miserable troll venting your impotent fury that a show that is helping millions of young people had a tribute episode to an actor on the program who died due to drug addiction.

    it’s shows like this that get tweens and early-teens confident, secure, and empowered to get Out in the world and defy bigotry and demand change.

    or, like i suggested, put your curmudgeonly-self on video, sharing your own personal stories. today. National Coming Out Day. because sure, after all you’ve claimed to have done and been through, you wont’ cop-out and give an excuse not to, right?


  15. MArk says

    I guess that once u make a deal with Hollywood, they can make a pie with ur bones after you die

  16. Jon says

    Rocco, some of us can actually read and also watch television.

    Some of us are in our 50s and have fought the good fight, openly and politically. We’ve marched, we’ve led floor fights on convention floors, we’ve lobbied and yet, we still feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when we see an episode of this program where two young gay men become engaged to be married.

    That is because we know everything we’ve worked for over the last 35 years is now culminating.

    Glee is and has been an important force for social change in the United States, like it or not.

    I had to make the same argument for MTV 20 years ago, and now few dispute that fact either.

  17. tinkerbelle says

    And I kind of liked Finn the best, as he was the most real person on the show. So there.

  18. AJ says

    Wow. I rarely look at the comments on here anymore and for good reason. Cannot believe what a bunch of horrible comments there are here these days. This episode was amazing! I was shaken by the end; Lea Michelle was heartbreaking. It was a chance for the actors as well as the audience to grieve. WHo cares how or why he died. It’s sad and it’s a loss to those who knew him and those who loved the character. And it made for an amazing hour of television.

  19. Skeptical Cicada says

    Can we finally stop hearing about this kid’s death? Yes, it was sad and tragic…the first 7,000 times we heard about it.

  20. anon says

    Way back in the eighties before these actors were born, they used to call shows like this “A very special episode of ____________”. This, of course, implies that all the other episodes are “Meh”. It was always a cynical ratings grab for a show trying to save itself.

  21. alex says

    Put yourself in the shoes of a tween or teenager and you’ll understand why all of this is important. (Mattzer correctly calls this empathy…a word some people don’t understand.)

    Young people can have difficulty separating an actor from a role. Kids aren’t grieving a drug addict; they’re grieving the death of Finn Hudson. Of Glee’s original characters, he was the most accessible.

    Finn was the average guy who got to be a part of something bigger. For every Rachel or Kurt in high school, there are a half dozen average kids. He was the everyman, which is why the loss of the character hit close to home for many young people.

  22. Clayton says

    @Seattle Mike

    No reason was given for Finn’s death. In the first dramatic scene after the opening song, Kurt was shown preparing to return to Ohio, and in a voice-over he said to himself, “I’m not even going to get into how he died.” And they didn’t.

    To make him an addict, like Cory Monteith, would apparently have put a retroactive stain on his character. To have put him in a car accident would have seemed like they were whitewashing the issue. So, instead, they apparently made a conscious decision to avoid the issue entirely.

    I found the singing dependably good, but the writing and the acting abysmally bad–particularly in the scene with Puckerman and Coach Bieste in the locker room. It was all very well intentioned, but not very well executed.

  23. Ghost says

    MATTZER: Class? Give me a break. What is classy about dragging out the passing of a TV actor from a drug overdose? This was done, not out of respect, but a way for control freak, gay Ryan Murphy’s way of blatantly milking a death for ratings. You would imagine that Finn was an acting wonder, someone to be mourned for decades–witness The Emmy Awards. These were TV actors, mourning the death of another character. And you talk about class? I would call it it a new low. Who knows what goes on on the set of “Glee?” Ego stroking and implied inclusiveness. I would like to hear from Monteith, but sadly he is gone.

  24. kookie says

    you have to remember that this episode was filmed quite awhile back. Several weeks after Cory’s death. The emotions for the cast were real.

  25. jarago says

    It was really moving when Puck sang “No Surrender”- is the final scene with Finn’s jacket a hommage to “Brokeback Mountain”?

  26. Rich says

    “Can’t look; can’t look away” summarizes it for me. Two weeks ago, Lea Michele gave Cory the perfect valedictory in her rendition of “Yesterday.” It captured in video the sense of grief and loss that the photo of JFK Jr. saluting his dad’s casket caught on film. Any sequel to either could only detract and diminish.

    Normally, I like my weekly dramas to appear every week. This time, I’m glad that Glee decided to go on hiatus for a month. Perhaps they can get their footing back.

  27. Billy says

    First 2 weeks of the boring Beatles, now a tribute to a druggie. Haven’t watch a episode yet this season.

  28. alex says

    Hmm. I guess I shouldn’t have written that young people sometimes have difficulty separating an actor from a character. Clearly, it’s not just young people, as some commenters here aren’t able to do that, either. This episode was about Finn Hudson, not Cory Monteith.

    Personally, I can’t stand Ryan Murphy and I stopped watching Glee at the start of last season. But, I’ll acknowledge that Murphy was in a no-win situation. Having the character pass away due to a drug overdose would not make sense. But, by not mentioning the reality of how Mr. Monteith died, people viewed the episode as a “tribute to a druggie”.

  29. Jersey says

    I’d imagine the feelings expressed by these young actors were true and heartfelt. How can you work with someone for so long, someone who seemed like a very nice person and not be emotionally engaged with them? They are all just people like the rest of us. I think it was a beautiful tribute to a talented person brought down much too early. And as for being an addict, so what, some of the absolute greatest people I’ve known had their demons. Frankly most of them were smarter, more compassionate, better people than the majority of the commenters here.

  30. Clayton says

    @Alex. I frankly wish they had connected Finn’s death to substance use, if not substance abuse. That’s a very realcause of death for many young people, and it would have seemed much more genuine than the ridiculously artificial measures they took to avoid addressing the cause of death.

  31. Markt says

    I’m often impressed and enlightened by the comments on Towleroad. Can we aspire to that same standard whenever we post. If you really think you have an insight, then try and state it in a way that does it justice – i.e., in a way that others, who might think differently,could be swayed. Blunt, argumentative, crude and offensive rarely does the trick. It takes a moment to think about what you have to say and how to say it, but I think we’ll all find it’s worth it.

  32. FFS says

    @ROCCO: For all your feigned moral superiority, in your comments on this post, you yourself are guilty of the very same victim-blaming turpitude that you and your busted old queen friends hold yourself up as heroes for taking to the streets to rail against.

    “They did it to themselves,” is exactly what the Reaganites said about AIDS victims in the 80’s. Congratulations. Old age has turned you into everything you once hated.

  33. GM says

    Well, they never did have that baby on “The New Normal” We were spared by a cancellation. And I pity the poor set decorator queens who worked overtime, on those simulated gay married sets.

  34. alex says

    @Clayton: I get where you’re coming from. But, I don’t think it would have worked to introduce a new facet to the character. The reason I gave on watching “Glee” was the repeated writing failures on any dramatic subject.

    Based on how the show handled an attempted suicide, cancer, texting while driving, and a school shooting, I’m certain that any attempt to address drug use would have been ineffective.

    Hopefully, parents of kids who watch the show will use it as a conversation-starter.

  35. says

    So much cynicism. This was their peer, their friend, their quarterback. Some of you didn’t care about the show or the guy, but enough to comment, mostly negatively, here? #gimmeabreakbitch

  36. dam846201 says

    You poor, jaded excuses for gay role models are seriously lacking the heart one needs to be moved. I’ve watched Glee religiously on DVD. After purchasing last season’s set, I found myself tearing up every time Mr Monteith was on screen and have been unable to watch the rest. Mr Murphy & company deserve our accolades for humanizing teens, gays & other misfits. I have to believe that Glee, along with Scandal, Days of Our Lives, & other forward-thinking TV shows, have helped us reach the point of acceptance as people who love, even enough to legalize Marriage Equality in some states, with more on the way. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart, Glee and Ryan Murphy!

  37. Endora says

    Dead druggie in hollywood, cry me a river. There are so many talented and well adjusted people waiting for a break. We need to wonder what is wrong with the star system that so many druggies make it to the screen.

  38. Rich says

    Jane Lynch and crew did a PSA that addressed addiction that was aired immediately following the show. It was the right place to talk about the actor rather than the character he played.

  39. George F says

    The 3 episodes so far this season of GLEE have been absolutely masterful… Really heartfelt and well-made…
    I hope they keep the show up with this level of quality for the longest time!

  40. Endora says

    Sorry Rich, I think there teenaged drama queens simply see tragic heroes being worshiped after death by their own hand. Suicide shouldn’t be “understood” it should be called what it is: selfish, stupid, narcissistic, inconsiderate, wasteful, pointless, and unglamorous. Show these teenagers a dead teenager with feces staining through his underwear, necrotic skin tone, barf, and people standing around him saying, “You f’ing idiot. There was no excuse for this.”