The producers of 'Glee' announced yesterday that the show would go on.....despite the tragic death of Cory Monteith.
It's unfortunately, not the first time TV producers have had to deal with the untimely death of one of their stars...here are a few famous examples on today's list:
When Emmy winner John Spencer died during the final season of 'West Wing'..they dealt with it by having his character die of a heart attack..on election night, when he was about to become Vice President.
When Larry Hagman died last November at the age of 81 during the second season of the reboot of 'Dallas', the show aired an episode centering on his funeral this year...finally saying goodbye to the iconic J.R. Ewing.
When Freddie Prinze died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1977...'Chico And The Man' producers had the other characters commenting on how Chico had gone to Mexico to visit his father... they introduced a teenage boy named Raul to take his place.
In 1984 Jon-Eric Hexum was starring in the new series 'Cover-Up'. While filming the show's seventh episode, Hexum was killed while fooling around with a blank gun. The series resumed and it was announced Hexum's character was killed while on a mission. The series was canceled at the end of the year.
This tearjerker was how '8 Simple Rules' dealt with the sudden death of John Ritter in September of 2003, James Garner and David Spade joined the cast, but the series was canceled 18 months later.
A few others come to mind as well...Phil Hartman from 'News Radio', George Reeves from "Adventures of Superman" and Diana Hyland from "Eight Is Enough".