As you probably heard, because it was everywhere, 31-year old Glee star Cory Monteith passed away after ingesting a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol on July 13th. Fox and Glee creator Ryan Murphy have announced their tribute episode to Monteith will be the third episode in the show's upcoming fifth season set to begin on October 10th. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly stated it is the episode where Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, will be written out and the subject of substance abuse and the circumstances around his death will be dealt with. However, that does not mean his character will necessarily die of a drug overdose. What it means is Ryan Murphy will shoot PSA's with each cast member that will air throughout the episode. The cast will discuss the incident and the subject of addiction. Proceeds from the episode will also go toward a fund created in Monteith's memory. The fund will go towards educational scholarships.
The tribute episode will follow a 2-part Beatles tribute that was already in the works before Monteith died. After the third episode Glee will go on a brief hiatus until the Major League Baseball season is over. Reilly and Murphy have described the hiatus as a time of rest so they can reset. In addition to this whole mess, Reilly did mention that he didn't see Glee continuing past a sixth season but didn't necessarily guarantee it (unfortunately). He said if a new group of breakout kids comes through and people still want the show it could continue but he wasn't seeing past the sixth season.
I have said this before, but I am not a fan of Glee in any way. However, I did find the passing of Cory Monteith a bit sad. It is always unfortunate to see someone so young fall victim to a fatal addiction and it is never fun to lose a friend. It is also not easy to lose such a valuable piece of an ensemble show like Glee. It would be smart for them to just end it while they have the opportunity.Not only that, but this is probably the most tasteful way to end his character.
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