Last night, Fox's hit musical dramedy Glee said goodbye to one of its most beloved cast members, Finn Hudson, portrayed by the late Cory Monteith (who tragically died of a drug overdose in August). Finn's cause of death was never mentioned, as the producers wanted the episode to be about celebrating the character's life, rather than his death. The tears shed in the tribute just made me think more and more about how downhill this show will go. In all honesty, the tribute episode felt sort of empty and anticipated. Devastatingly sad, yes, but in a way, disappointing.
Almost all of the original cast members made returns for the tribute, except for one: Dianna Agron, who portrays Quinn Fabray. It seemed very bizarre without Quinn there, given the fact that she dated Finn for the longest time. One source says that Lea Michele (Rachel) and series creator Ryan Murphy "intensely dislike Dianna and have both worked to marginalize her as much as possible." An insider says, "They never saw her as a team player. They simply did not want her sharing the glory for this very special episode." However, another insider told E! News that, "She is still very much a part of the Glee family and always welcome." I find it hard to believe that Michele and Murphy dislike Agron; but it would've been nice to see Quinn there.
Glee was renewed for an additional two seasons this past spring, and Murphy even contemplated having the show cancelled following Monteith's death. What do I see for the future of the series? Newbies overpowering the main storylines and the original characters being squeezed out of the picture. Unfortunate is the only word I can come up with. Glee airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox.