An absence is still felt by fans and loved ones following the tragic death of actor Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose last month. However, the show must go on. “Glee” will be back in production next week and FOX has released details of how the popular show will handle the pain surrounding the absence of one of their key players.
“Glee” creator, Ryan Murphy, said a lot of consideration went into the plans for the show to proceed. “When you’re faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do?” Murphy said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter. “Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together.”
The plan is for Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, to be written out of the show by the third episode of the new season. FOX Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, said during a Television Critics Association panel that the episode will “deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular.” He added that Public Service Announcements will be filmed with the show’s actors in character, as friends of Finn’s. “They’re going to speak directly to the audience and I think they’re going to be very impactful.”
The proceeds from that episode’s music sales will go toward a fund in Monteith’s name. The show returns to air on September 26.