After actor Cory Monteith’s death on July 13, the producers at “Glee” have decided how the show will handle the actor’s death and his character’s departure from the show. Monteith, 31, who had long been struggling with addiction, died in a Vancouver hotel from a heroin and alcohol overdose.
Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the third episode will focus on on Monteith death and his character, Finn Hudson, being written out of the show, according to the Huffington Post.
“That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding [Monteith’s] death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience [about Cory]. I think they’re going to be very, very impactful.”
Producers have discussed the possibility of playing unused footage of Monteith during the episode as well. It has not been decided if the character will die of a drug overdose, Reilly said.
The proceeds from the music in Monteith's tribute episode will benefit a fund being set up for the late actor, Reilly said. After the tribute episode airs, the show will be on a three-week hiatus, reports NBC and ABC News.
“It’s a little difficult to come out of the gate right away then have to recover,” Reilly said. “We’ll have the Cory episode, then we’ll go on hiatus for three weeks for the World Series, and that gives us a natural break to reset.”
The show and network held a private memorial service to say goodbye to the actor last week that was "beautiful and touching," Reilly said at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour.
"He was a beautiful guy and I’ve just been saddened over the whole thing," he said.
Sources: ABC News, NBC News