After taking several weeks to rewrite storylines on Glee to deal with the shocking death of star Cory Monteith, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly announced today that the hit series will "deal directly" with Cory's death and with his addiction struggles.
“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character [played by Cory] being written out of the show ... That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular,” Kevin told In Touch. However, he did not say whether Finn, like Cory, would die from alcohol or drug use.
Kevin did confirm, however, that Glee creator Ryan Murphy plans on shooting PSAs with cast members about drug addiction.
“Cory was a big, open, wonderful life force. He was not a problem. Everybody loved him … He looked straight, as an arrow. He was very open about it in his past, not as open about it in the present," the Fox executive said. "Everybody was ultimately shocked because it was an accident. It was not intentional. It was an accident that happened to someone who was struggling with an addiction."
The show's current plan is to air two already-written episodes full of Beatles covers, then a new episode addressing Finn's loss. After that, the show will take a three week break "to reset." In an especially heartbreaking turn of events, Cory's character Finn was involved with Rachel, the character played by Cory's real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele. Lea was with Cory's mother and brother when his body was cremated in his native Canada.
But that's not the only change that might be coming to the Lima, Ohio glee club: Kevin revealed that he does not think Glee will continue on after its sixth season. The show has changed since its original conception, with some characters graduating from high school and leaving the show, while others (including Finn) had post-high school storylines in NYC.