9 Shows That Went On After Star Died

'Glee' not the first to deal with death of a key cast member
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2013 8:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tragic as Cory Monteith's death is, the show will go on: Glee will continue, though USA Today reports that its season premiere will be delayed one week, to Sept. 26. It's not the first television series to deal with the death of a star. Time rounds up nine more:

  • Dallas: As Jim Davis, who played Jock Ewing, was struggling with multiple myeloma, he was often shown in a wig to hide the chemotherapy effects. He died after the fourth season ended, and in the fifth season viewers learned his character died in a helicopter accident.
  • Hill Street Blues: Michael Conrad, who played Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, died of cancer during the fourth season ... and the show took an edgier route, explaining that his character died having sex.

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  • Cheers: When Nicholas Colasanto died of a heart attack, the show never explained how "Coach" died. But he is mentioned in later episodes, and a picture from Colasanto's dressing room was hung on the bar set.
  • The Sopranos: Nancy Marchand, who played Tony Soprano's mother, died of lung cancer, so the show explained that she died in her sleep. But it also used computer-generated images to show one last scene between her character and Tony.
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