News

‘Glee’ to address drug abuse after death of Cory Monteith

‘Glee’ to address drug abuse after death of Cory Monteith

Photo: WENN/Dave Bedrosian/Future Image

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television musical series “Glee” will address the death of star Cory Monteith in the upcoming season, writing his character out of the show and touching on Monteith’s real-life drug use, TV network Fox said on Thursday.

Monteith, who played high school jock-turned-show-choir-member Finn Hudson, died last month at age 31 in Vancouver from an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol.

The actor’s death has forced Fox to push back the show’s fifth season premiere in September by one week as its writers rewrite episodes without Monteith’s character.

“(The) third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show,” Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, told reporters at a Television Critics Association meeting.

“I can’t speak to it yet because (it’s still being written). That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular,” Reilly said.

Monteith, who had an off-screen relationship with fellow “Glee” star Lea Michele, had struggled with substance abuse in the past and was in rehab as recently as April.

Reilly also said the “Glee” cast will record public service announcements about drug abuse that will air during the episode focused on Monteith.

The fifth season of “Glee” will begin on September 26 and could be one of the show’s last, Reilly said.

“I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons,” he said.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; writing by Eric Kelsey; editing by Mary Milliken and Doina Chiacu)

Recent Headlines

in Sports, Viral Videos

John Oliver explains English soccer

20-overlay

The "Last Week Tonight" host explains the class system of English soccer to David Letterman.

in Entertainment

Jimmy Kimmel is the Internet’s most dangerous man

kimmel

Searching for the late-night comedian may be hazardous to your hard drive.

in Sports

Tiger Woods to open restaurant

tiger

Tiger Woods is trying out some new courses.

in Sports

NL Wild Card game is tonight on KPUG

mlb nl wildcard giants vs pirates

The pitching matchup has left-hander Madison Bumgarner going for the Giants against righty Edinson Volquez. 5:07pm first pitch on KPUG 1170AM.

in Entertainment

‘Rush Hour’ could be headed to the small screen

rushhour

The series will reportedly follow the style of the movies.

Bellingham Traffic