Fox confirms Cory Monteith tribute on ‘Glee’; Darren Criss addresses death of his co-star

August 2, 2013

“Glee” staff and producers are still figuring out exactly how to handle the death of Cory Monteith, said Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment chairman.

The confirmed facts: The fifth season premiere has been delayed a week, to air Sept. 26. The first two episodes of “Glee” will be Beatles-themed, and the third episode of the season will deal with the death of Finn, the character played by Monteith’s. All of the music during the Monteith tribute will go to a charity fund. After that, the show will take an indefinite break as Fox airs the World Series, as usual.

However, Reilly told a group of reporters at the TCA press tour, it’s not clear whether the departure of football player-turned-singer Finn will deal with drugs. (Monteith, 31, died from heroin and alcohol last month.) There will be drug-related public service announcements that air during the episode, Reilly said.

Production on the newest season of “Glee” just started this week; Lea Michele, Monteith’s real-life girlfriend and on-screen love interest, tweeted that she was back at work, and thanked fans for their support over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile, “Glee” star Darren Criss appeared on TBS late-night show “Conan” last night, and talked about remembering Monteith.

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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