Saying goodbye to Cory and Finn on last night’s Glee was difficult. I watched off a stream in Italy at 3 a.m., one of my weirder Glee-watching situations. It was a numb sort of feeling, which is usually my way of dealing with grief. And then I wrote about it until almost 6 a.m.
There’s no perfect way to do this sort of an episode, but “Glee” gave Cory and Finn a heartfelt send-off the way they knew best. Where “Glee” often falls shorts is continuity, and this is their greatest test. Cory and Finn were part of the great heartbeat of “Glee,” and hopefully instead of letting this loss throw off their rhythm, they’ll forge ahead. Let the characters grow from this, let this sit with them forever, and let “Glee” move forward as something that brings joy but doesn’t forget its new foundation.
I’m going to try and post less about this now, and just process quietly, but Billboard asked if I wanted to write a remembrance piece on Cory, and I wanted to capture my feelings as a fan and a journalist who spends a lot of words on Glee. I never interviewed Cory, so my Cory memory is very much that of a fan. It’s a silly little thing, and one I think I’ve only really told J, who was there with me, and other J who was across the country but the biggest Cory fan I knew at the time.
Thanks fandom, for letting me share, and sharing, and all the love.
In the new “Glee” episode stills, the McKinley boys get naked, Joe wears a weird bunny hat, Rachel and Kurt play the game of Life, and Kurt puts two blue pegs in his car (adorable). Check ‘em out and get ready for our recap on Billboard.com the morning after the “Naked” episode airs Jan. 31.
Justin Bieber showed off a new tattoo, Usher hit the gym, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens snapped a babysitting pic, the “Glee” kids supported Chris Colfer’s new movie, Jessica Simpson & Jennifer Hudson repped for Weight Watchers, and more.
Curious to see whether Adam Levine can act? The “Voice” judge is joining “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” this fall, and the show has just released the first five (NSFW) minutes of the season premiere — featuring a lot of Adam Levine. You can watch on Facebook. So what do you think: Are the Maroon 5 frontman’s acting chops up to par?
On Nov. 6, “Glee” is releasing a “Glease” album, with songs from the Nov. 15 “Grease”-themed episode. See the full track list below:
1. Hopelessly Devoted To You 2. Born To Hand Jive 3. Greased Lightning 4. Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee 5. Beauty School Drop Out 6. Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise) 7. There Are Worse Things I Can Do 8. You’re The One That I Want 9. Summer Lovin
Who do you want to sing your favorite “Grease” song?
For “Glee’s” second tribute to Spears (dubbed “Britney 2.0”), they change it up and shed light on a different side of the Britney story — the downfall. Our three protagonists this week — Britt, Rachel and Marley/Jake — are having a tough week, and Spears is the only way to convey that particular brand of pop misery. Some work better than others… Read our full recap here.