Cory Monteith, best known for the role of Finn on Glee, was found dead Saturday. He was 31.
As avid readers know, I used to cover Glee a lot on this blog. After being floored by the pilot (just about everyone was, critically speaking), I tuned in every week for the first three seasons, watching as the show squandered its exciting potential, briefly verge on being great again, then falling apart even more (you can find my Glee posts, including my weekly episode recaps for season two, here).
Monteith, it must be said, was never the strongest performer in the cast, whether it be acting, singing, or dancing - and the show acknowledged this several times. But the role of Finn would have never worked without him; he was more than capable of playing up both his affable buffoonery and cheesy romanticism without either ever feeling forced. Finn's relationship with Rachel (Lea Michele) was the staple of the show, and he perfectly countered her shoot-for-the-stars enthusiasm with genuine longing and doubts of the future.
In Monteith, another young star is gone before his prime. Our condolences are with his family and friends.