"Glee" Will Film New Episode Addressing Cory Monteith's Death; Lengthy Hiatus Will Follow
22 Jul 2013
Ryan Murphy, the creator of Fox TV's "Glee," said the hit musical series will address the recent, tragic death of Cory Monteith, one of the show's lead actors, according to Deadline.com.
Murphy announced that the show, which follows the trials and tribulations of a high school show choir, will air two previously written episodes that pay tribute to the Beatles as well as an episode that addresses the death of Monteith's character, Finn Hudson.
The episode will be co-written by Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, and the trio will consult Monteith's long-time girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele (Spring Awakening).
The decision to resume shooting was a collective decision made by the cast and crew, including Michele, Murphy said, who decided the best way to mourn Monteith's death was to return to work and mourn together. Grief counselors will be on set for two weeks.
Monteith had spoken openly about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, and Murphy participated in an on-set intervention that resulted in Monteith checking into rehab for substance abuse in March 2013.
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