While Lea Michele continues to grieve the loss of boyfriend Cory Monteith, the light at the end of her tunnel appears to be getting a little brighter.
"Lea is doing much better," a source close to the Glee star tells PEOPLE.
The days and weeks since Monteith's death in July from a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol were "so hard" for the actress, says the source, but Michele has found solace in her work both on the set of her Fox show and while shooting a video for her upcoming album over the weekend.
They've done a Grease episode, they've done a Rocky Horror episode, and now it appears Glee may be doing a Muppets episode.
On Wednesday, star Lea Michele posted a series of shots of the Glee cast posing alongside specially made puppet doubles, prompting speculation that the FOX musical dramedy is about to unveil yet another high-concept episode.
When it comes to glamour, photographer Tyler Shields has a definition all his own.
He's photographed a topless Mischa Barton eating raw meat, Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson covered in mud and Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean in a pair of Christian Louboutins.
When Cory Monteith died at just 31 due to a mixture of alcohol and heroin, Lea Michele turned to a famous friend for help.
"I called [Kate Hudson] and said, 'I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].' She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there," Michele says in the December issue of ELLE.
"I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."
For Matthew Morrison, prepping his wedding to model Renee Puente has been a smooth production – just not a speedy one.
"It's going good," the Glee star told PEOPLE at his 4th Annual Halloween Masquerade in Hollywood on Saturday. "We're a little ways out. Probably not till like 2015 so we're just taking our time. But we're well into it."
Fittingly for a song-and-dance man, music will play a big role in the wedding.
There's more sad news for Glee fans.
Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the series, announced that the next season of the show (its sixth) will be its last, Variety reports.
Murphy, 47, also said that Cory Monteith's unexpected death has caused him to rethink the ending of the show, which he had planned around the Rachel/Finn romance.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end," Murphy said to TVLine.
Her Glee alter ego gave him a fond farewell on a tribute episode on Thursday, and in real life, Lea Michele is slowly moving on from the pain of losing her boyfriend and costar, Cory Monteith, who died in July.
"It's getting a little easier," a source close to the star tells PEOPLE.
Michele, 27 – who posted a photo of herself with Monteith on Instagram while the episode aired – "still misses him every day," the source admits. "She talks about Cory all the time."
Glee said goodbye to Finn Hudson and Cory Monteith Thursday night with an hour that was very moving – how could it not be? – but also very kind.
Kind because a viewer's buttons were never pushed. Whatever you felt just seemed to come, scene by scene, as everyone found a way to articulate their grief. And, of course, to sing.
Monteith, who was only 31 when he died July 13 from a mixture of alcohol and heroin, had already shot appearances in the season's first two episodes – those, a salute to the Beatles, were re-edited leading up to last night's memorial. They constituted one of the most melancholy salutes to the Beatles I've ever heard, with Monteith's death coloring everything.
Grieving Glee fans will tune in Thursday seeking solace during the show's highly anticipated tribute episode memorializing the late Cory Monteith.
But one viewer is not expecting the show to bring him much closure.
Joe Monteith, Cory's estranged father, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview that he wakes up heartbroken every morning, missing his son and wishing he could have said goodbye.
"It’s just ripping my insides out and tearing me apart," the elder Monteith, 63, says tearfully.
Although Glee's Lea Michele admits it feels like "I've lost two people, Cory and Finn," the actress says the tribute episode to her on- and off-screen love Cory Monteith "was very therapeutic."
"We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium, and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him," a stoic Michele, 27, told TV Week Australia. "It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn."
But did the actress ever consider leaving the hit show after the tragic death of her former boyfriend, 31, in July?