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Glee's Cory Monteith Tribute Episode To Feature Drug Addiction Storyline

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Though it was previously announced that Glee’s upcoming season would include a tribute to beloved Cory Monteith, we finally have some details to share with you Gleeks.

Earlier today, Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stated that the episode is scheduled for October 10th, as the third of the season, and will deal with a drug addiction storyline. He said:

“That is the episode where Cory’s character will be written off and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death.”

However, Kevin made sure to note that that doesn’t necessarily mean Finn Hudson will be killed off.

The chairman continued to explain that Ryan Murphy and cast members will film PSAs regarding Cory’s overdose and drug addiction, set to air throughout the episode. In addition, a fund will be set up in honor of the star with episode's music proceeds:

“It is a celebration and really sad of this really vibrant kid.”

Kevin also stated that the season will begin with two episodes honoring The Beatles, before dealing with Cory’s death:

"It would be difficult to come out of the gate right away and then recover.”

Following the tribute, the show will possibly break for three weeks, given the World Series games, allowing the writers time to “reset.”

That said, we’re sure this will all be worthy of Cory’s memory.

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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13 comments to “Glee's Cory Monteith Tribute Episode To Feature Drug Addiction Storyline”

  1. 1

    I honestly don't know how i feel about that but, I am trusting them with it and if they screw it up im gonna stop watching

  2. 2

    Is it me or is this too much. Yea I get it a PSA is a wise choice but to use it as storylines? meaning people download and buy the episode but ad revenue, anyway you put it the show is STILL making money off Cory's death UNLESS 100% of every money aspect from this show is given to charity. Also, when people donate money to charity, if you have receipts for your donations you can use it as tax right offs in america. Sad but true.

  3. 3

    I think this is di$gusting, Ryan Murphy is going to exploit this…for ca$h.
    It's bad enough that Cory wasn't ready for rehab and was forced to go in because his boss told him, and that's what ultimately killed him. Good job Ryan

  4. Avatar says – reply to this


    I completely disagree. They have an obligation to reach out to their audience and say hey this awful thing happened to this great kid because he needed help with his addiction, and here is how you get help if you need it. It's not about the money it's about doing what's right and making the best of an awful situation.

  5. 5

    I don't watch Glee, but I think this is a good idea. When someone loses a battle with a serious addiction it should be a lesson for our youth about the dangers of drug experimentation.

  6. 6

    Without sounding like a broken record, could they please address how addiction should be managed with a harm reduction approach.

  7. Aries says – reply to this


    I know people are going to say I am heartless…but if he were a non-celebrity nobody would care otherwise. I am sorry that a talented person is dead…but in the real world he would just be a number and that's sad but it's reality.

  8. lacey says – reply to this


    It seems like Cory was the type of guy who would have wanted this to be a teachable moment for his fans and for others who are struggling with addiction. One of the reasons he came out and shared his experience in the first place was so that others could learn from it.Props to the writers for tackling the issue.

  9. Casey says – reply to this


    I really hope they do this right. Lea needs to have the final say on the entire episode because she knew him best.

  10. 10

    Re: Aries – well they do have shows like intervention that try to help non-celebrities with addiction. I know that show has opened my eyes.

  11. Anon says – reply to this


    Re: lacroixRe: lacroix – It wasn't Ryan that made him to go rehab. It was Lea. Ryan just supported him.

  12. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Re: Ummmanyways – What is sad about being able to write off giving to charity (and by the way, it has to be a certain percent of your income which I do not qualify for)? I would like to be able to give more, but living on Social Security and a small pension, it is tough, I try to give a little bit every other month.

  13. Addiction Myth says – reply to this


    That's great. Teach the kids that when you have the 'disease', your minor craving can turn into a deadly obsession, and you'll be powerless to stop it. Not good. It will only create more addicts.