No one in the US will serve me a snakebite the way I used to have it in England when I was younger. Here they try and pass off some sort of Woodchuck cider/Yuengling combination as a suitable snakebite. If you mention blackcurrant to an American bartender they look at you like you’re crazy. I know it isn’t fashionable to have this drink after the age of 16, but I think it’s yummy and I wish I could get it in the US.
You gotta bring the Ribena to the bar! I did that when I went to Drop Off Service once and they made is proper Snakebites. It was awesome.
I can’t speak to the details directly because (show creator) Ryan (Murphy) and the guys are still breaking it. What I will tell you is that episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing, and the drug use in particular. Ryan himself will shoot some PSAs with the cast, past and present, as friends of his. They will speak directly to the audience. I think it will be very, very impactful.
“My hope is that the good that we talked about at Cory’s service last week will somehow get out there, where it matters. The celebration (of his life) was incredibly sad but he was an incredibly vibrant and young kid. What we all said, and what everybody knows, is that when we see some people struggling with addiction it’s so easy to fit them into a category. ‘Oh, he was dark.’ ‘Oh, she was always a partier.’
“Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He was not a problem. Everybody loved him. He didn’t look like that. He looked straight, straight as an arrow. He was very open about his past, not as open about the present.
“We were shocked,”Reilly said. “Everybody was ultimately shocked, because it was an accident. I can’t stress that enough. It was not intentional. It was an accident. It happened to somebody struggling with an addiction. That’s hopefully what can come from this, illuminating that particular kind of addiction.
“That’s what (Murphy) will be doing with the show. Right now, I want to give them a few weeks to really get their hands around it about how to deal with it and create an episode that will do him justice.”
Kevin Reilly, speaking about Cory, Finn, and Glee at the FOX TCA panel on August 31, 2013.
I do not need an episode that reduces Cory’s life, and the role of Finn Hudson, to a teaching-episode on drug use.Cory’s death has already more than done that for me and it already more than provides ample opportunities for parents, teachers, faith communities, school health programs, and more to talk to teens about substance abuse. That illumination and education has already been accomplished in Cory’s death.
I do not need that from a tribute episode.
I need to mourn.
I need to grieve.
I need to honor and celebrate a life — Finn’s life, and the importance of him as a main character from the opening seconds on Glee, and his impact on the story from its outset, and the meaning embedded in his story, and in the story of his relationship with Rachel and with others. I need to see how the impact of his life will continue on in the lives of the other characters.
And I need to honor and celebrate Cory’s life, and his huge talent, and his immense heart. Speak to me, as a cast and creator, about your love for Cory and what he meant to you in all of his glorious complexity and humanness, instead of reducing his life to a hook to hang a narrow, single, solitary lesson on as the one thing for viewers to know and remember him for.
The cast and crew and creators had a chance to be together and to mourn and grieve with each other, and will continue to do so.
I, as a fan and a viewer, have not had that opportunity. I have had no time or way to come together with the entire Glee community to remember and celebrate and cry for Finn, and for Cory, and for the core, central story of a television show that captured my heart the moment I first saw it and has held me in its grip ever since.
Do not try to educate me. Not now. Not like this.
This is not the time to preach. Using this as a preaching opportunity will feel like a fundamentalist pastor using a funeral service for an “unsaved” soul as an opportunity to try to scare the living into accepting Jesus before they, too, die.
Invite me to join with all the others viewing in sorrow and in celebration. Give us our memorial service. Help us with our grief. Show us how much the character’s life, and the actor’s life, matter; how much incredible good they did; how much they meant; how much they will be missed; how their love and light and meaning and message will live on.
Make it a funeral and a memorial and a tribute that lifts up the transcendent part of the spirit that even death cannot extinguish.
That is what is needed for viewers reeling and grappling with the loss of a beloved character, and a beloved actor, and a beloved story that can now never be told.
TORONTO Get ready for a somber Gleek pilgrimage to the Toronto International Film Festival. The September event has programmed one of the last films Cory Monteith acted in, Canadian director Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The booking comes in the wake of the Glee stars tragic death July 13 in Vancouver.
(Nice of them to get 1989 Jeff Daniels to pose for this photo.)
Todd and Libby are joined by Fan Favorite David Sims (TM) to discuss the wonder and joy that is season two of The Newsroom. Along the way, they’ll double back to make fun of some of their favorite mockable moments in season…
I pretty much just love the idea that, after all the shit they’ve been through together, Pete and Peggy can actually have a moment like that.
There was so much shared past and hurt in that conversation. What I really love about this show is the sense of history that the characters and their relationships have. The show just has a great institutional memory and it adds such weight to those conversations.
I want to watch Pete and Peggy drunk talking all day.