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article imageGlee to air Cory Monteith tribute episode, take ‘extended hiatus’

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 22, 2013 in Entertainment
Glee producers have confirmed that season five’s episode three will be a special tribute to the late Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson.
In an exclusive interview with E! News, Glee boss Ryan Murphy said that the series would return to US television, for its fifth season, on 26 September, which is one week later than originally planned.
Season four ended transmission at the beginning of May, and Fox has already ordered a sixth season for 2014/15.
E! News reports, “The show will air three episodes, and then take an ‘extended hiatus,’ to regroup.”
E! News also states that:
Everyone – from the head of Fox to the cast and crew – is looking to and trusting Lea Michele to make the decisions, and [on] how Murphy himself fought to save Monteith’s life, staging an intervention and refusing to let the 31-year-old actor work until he got sober.
As reported by Digital Journal last weekend, Monteith was found dead in his hotel room just over a week ago.
Following post-mortem testing, a few days later, the British Columbia coroner's office reported that the Canadian actor had died from a heroin and alcohol overdose.
At the beginning of April, the 31-year-old actor checked himself into rehab. Subsequently said to be doing well, Monteith attended the Canucks-vs-San Jose Sharks NHL playoff game, in Vancouver, with his girlfriend, Lea Michele.
Michele, who had been officially dating Monteith since February 2012, referred to Cory as the “nicest, sweetest guy in the world,” adding that for the first time in her life, she felt “really, really settled and happy […] the luckiest girl in the world.”
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama TV series set at William McKinley High School. The series focuses on the school’s glee club, New Directions, including competing on the choir-competition circuit, as well as student’s relationships, their sexuality and social issues generally.
The show was conceived by Ian Brennan, based on his own experiences. Along with Murphy, Brennan acts as one of the executive producers on the Fox-produced show.
The full transcript of the Ryan Murphy interview can be found online at E! News site.
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