Fans of “Glee” have wondered just how the FOX show would continue after the tragic death of their star Cory Monteith.
Ryan Murphy has revealed the cast will continue with two shows already written and do a third episode that will be a tribute to Monteith.
Cory Monteith, who played the role of Finn Hudson on the show, died suddenly of a drug overdose last week at the age of 31.
Fans have been wondering just how the series will deal with the loss.
“Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline that production will pick up in August and will feature a special tribute episode.
Murphy said the quick return to the set will “help with the grieving process” and was approved by the cast and crew including Monteith’s co-star and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele.
They will air two Beatles shows that were already written before the third episode will they will deal with the death of the show’s star.
After that the show with take a “long hiatus” to allow writers to create new story lines without the character of Finn Hudson.
Murphy said, “I don’t know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying out best with this attempt at damage control.”
He said the cast and crew will hold a memorial this week for Cory Monteith on the Paramond lot in Hollywood.
Ryan Murphy hopes the show can use it’s platform to raise awareness for substance abuse among teens and young adults.
He said, “For fans of the show, this is probably the first time they have experienced death, and that was not lost on any of us here. One of the gratifying things about Glee is that when the show is at its best, it has helped young people and given them information about the human condition that moves and informs them. Maybe the way we deal with this tragedy might save the life of someone”.
Murphy also opened up about his relationship with Cory, saying that he considered him “like an older son”.
He said, “It’s so very sad and tragic. Cory wasn’t just an actor on one of my shows, he was very important to me, and I was very invested in his sobriety”.
Murphy said he helped to stage an intervention for the star, who entered into rehab in March when the show had two episodes left to film.
Ryan adds, “He said he wanted to finish the rest of the season, and I said absolutely not. We were not going to put a stupid TV show before his sobriety. It was a tough and very emotional day and the last thing he said before he left was, ‘I want to get better’. And I believed him.”
Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver last Saturday after having partied with friends the night before.
The British Columbia Coroners Service revealed the autopsy results on Tuesday, saying that the Calgary-born actor had a mix of heroin and alcohol in his system at the time of his death.
Monteith had finished production on two films before his passing, “All The Wrong Reasons”, and the mystery film “McCanick”. Both will be released later this year.
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