With the new series of Glee upon us, more details of the third episode, a tribute episode to fallen star Cory Monteith, have been released – a poster and title!
The episode, which will run after the double Beatles tribute, has been revealed as being entitled “The Quarterback” by show creator Ryan Murphy on social networking site Twitter, along with a poster for the episode showing simply a picture of Monteith with the words “The hardest word to say is goodbye”,
Meanwhile Cory’s girlfriend, both on and off screen, Lea Michele has revealed how she would like people to remember her partner following his tragic death earlier this year.
Monteith, who played Fin Hudson in the hit US teen musical drama until he was found dead in his Canadian hotel room in June after a toxic cocktail of drugs and alcohol, had a well-documented battle with substance abuse for most of his adult life.
However, Michele, who as we previously reported will not make an appearance during the tribute episode until the very end when she will deliver a powerful singing performance in his honour, is keen that people remember the good things about him above his fatal demons.
A source close to the star, who did not join her cast mates at this year’s Emmy awards, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively:
“She just wants Cory to be remembered and honoured, and the more people that know the person he was to her and his loved ones is very much all she wants,”
And, the source continued, Michele felt that her co-star Jane lynch’s speech at the award ceremony did exactly that, with Lynch telling the audience:
“Millions did fall in love with Cory, and I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm — that openhearted quality that we love in Cory — it was no act. Cory was a beautiful soul.”
However, not everyone was pleased that Cory was recognised at the ceremony along with four other actors who had passed away that year – Adam Klugman whose father Jack Klugman also passed away, but who was not included in the memorial, commented to Los Angeles Times:
“They’re celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys. Cory Monteith never won an Emmy, to compare the contribution he made to the contribution my father made — it doesn’t compare.”
But his reaction did not bother Michele, as the source explained:
“She is happy that Cory was honoured on the telecast and she is not thinking or worrying about the controversy,”
“The Quarterback,” is due to air on US screens on Oct. 10 – Watch Monteith’s tribute at the Emmy’s in the clip below: