Since Glee star Cory Monteith's untimely death from a drug overdose earlier this summer, there's been much speculation about how the hit series will handle his character's absence. In July, show-runner Ryan Murphy confirmed that Monteith's Finn will be killed off the show, and recently, he revealed that the show won't disclose how the character died. It's been said that Monteith's off-screen girlfriend, Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, his on-again, off-again love interest on the show, has blessed the Glee writers' choices in how Finn's death will be addressed, which included her OK to a tribute episode dealing with drug addiction. Today, the first teaser trailer for Glee Season 5 was released, and with an upbeat tone and no mention of Finn, it appears that the show wants viewers to know that despite the loss of one of its main characters, Glee is attempting to live up to its name.
The 22-second trailer contains some new footage, but the majority comes from the end of its last season. A chorus of shouts and cheers set the happy tone, and a message of, "once again with feeling ... once again with drama ... once again with passion ... are you ready to go once again?" appears over the background video. The teaser ends with Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) saying, "Let's get started!" as Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester whispers, "Excellent."
Glee's fifth season, which was originally set to premiere on September 19 but was delayed due to Monteith's death, will begin on September 26 on Fox.