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'Glee' premiere pushed back until late September

Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an

Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series "Glee" but had battled addiction since his teenage years, overdosed on heroin and alcohol in a hotel room on Saturday, July 13, 2013. He was 31. (Aug. 19, 2012) Newsday's obituary for Cory Monteith
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"Glee," which was to have launched its fifth season Sept. 19, will instead push the start back a week, to Sept. 26, the show and Fox just announced. Obvious reason: The death of Cory Monteith, which has also delayed production. 

  Here's the statement: 

In light of the tragic passing of beloved GLEE cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of GLEE until early August. Season Five of GLEE will now premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. No further details are available at this time. Monteith played loveable FINN HUDSON, the star quarterback of McKinley High who became a leader of glee club New Directions. Outside of GLEE, Monteith worked closely with several charitable organizations, devoted to helping people effect positive change in their lives. In honor of his passing, the following groups will be accepting donations in his name:

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