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

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- 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., 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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