Glee Season 5 Episode Uses Cory Monteith's Death: Can The Show Survive Without Finn? Fox President Has Doubts
By Staff Writer | August 03, 2013 05:48 AM EDT
Three weeks ago this very day the world lost Cory Monteith to a battle with drugs, and just a day or so ago it was announced that his role as Finn Hudson on "Glee" has passed on with him in season 5.
Fox entertainment has decided to write out the late actor's character in the third episode of the new season. This was confirmed by the network's president Kevin Reily at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour.
Although he didn't specifically say Finn will be killed off by an heroin and alcohol overdose , Monteith's cause of death, Reilly did reveal the episode will focus on the death of Lea Michele's boyfriend.
"The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show," Reilly said according to the Huffington Post. "That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they're going to speak directly to the audience [about Cory] ..."
There is also the possibility that old footage of Monteith might be added in the episode. However, that won't be known until Murphy and his crew are ready.
"The episode may feature old footage of Monteith," Reilly reported. "It's a possibility because we do have some of that footage, but I can't speak to it because Ryan and the guys are working through it right now," he said.
The Fox president predicts that the show will only last about two more seasons, but he still has hope.
"I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons," said Reily to The Hollywood Reporter. "Never say never. There's two very clear arcs to get to that end and conclude. Listen, if we discover a new crop of kids and there's some breakout, who knows?"
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