The producers of ‘Glee’ will dedicate an episode in the upcoming season to actor Cory Monteith.
Monteith was found dead July 13th in a hotel room in Vancouver from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, said he considered canceling the show. “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?” he said in an interview with the 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.”
Murphy said Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend onscreen and off screen, agreed. “She felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him.” Murphy told E! News.
“So we decided to do that with Lea’s blessing and we’re going to go back to work and have grief counselors on the set for two weeks because people are really hurting.”
The tribute will take place during the show’s third episode, when the new season begins September 26th.