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Fox Delays ‘Glee’ Season Debut by One Week After Actor’s Death

July 19, 2013

The Fox broadcast network delayed the fifth-season premiere of “Glee” by one week, citing the death of actor Cory Monteith.

20th Century Fox Television, part of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA:US), is delaying the season debut until Sept. 26, according to an e-mailed statement today. Fox had planned to bring back the show, about a high-school singing club, on Sept. 19, ahead of Major League Baseball’s playoffs.

Monteith was found dead on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room. The 31-year-old actor, who played a popular athlete and singer, was one of the main characters. Fox said in May the season finale drew 5.9 million viewers. Monteith, who had struggled with substance-abuse problems, died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner’s office said this week, according to the Associated Press.

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