Glee plans tribute episode for Cory Monteith, series to take a hiatus to reassess direction
It has been confirmed that Glee will air a special tribute episode for Cory Monteith who suddenly passed away in his Canadian hotel room one week ago.
Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy confirmed the news last night and said the tribute episode will address the death of Monteith’s character Finn.
The special episode will be broadcast as the third episode from the new season, as the first two episodes have already been written.
It was also confirmed that the writers held an emergency meeting on Wednesday (17 July) to discuss how Monteith will be written out of the show. However, Murphy has since said that following the broadcast of the third episode, the series will go on a hiatus to reassess its direction. It has not been confirmed how long the show will go on hiatus for.
31-year-old Monteith passed away last week from a drugs overdose with Heroin and Alcohol being the two substances found in his body.
Monteith’s body was said to be found by the cleaning staff after he failed to check out of his room on time last Saturday.
Fox announced on Friday that the premiere of the fifth season of Glee would be delayed by one week due to the sudden passing of Monteith.
In a statement, the network said: “In light of the tragic passing of beloved Glee cast member Cory Monteith, the series’ executive producers, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company have jointly decided to delay the start of production of Glee until early August.
“No further details are available at this time”.
Glee returns to FOX on September 26.