New details have emerged about how the FOX series Glee will handle the untimely death of original star Cory Monteith.
According to E! Online, FOX president Kevin Reilly told reporters that the third episode (centering on a farewell to the character Finn Hudson) will “deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory's passing and the drug abuse in particular.” Reilly did not specifically state that Finn will die from an overdose or from a deadly interaction of drugs and alcohol.
Reilly explained that the special tribute episode will feature anti-drug PSAs in which the Glee cast “will speak directly with the audience.” All proceeds from the sale of music on the third episode will go toward starting a fund in Monteith’s name.
As for the future of the popular musical series, the FOX president does not see the show continuing past the sixth season. “I would not anticipate it going beyond two more seasons,” Reilly said. “Never say never, but there's two very clear arcs to get to the end and conclude. If we dicover a new crop of kids and there's some breakout in life, who knows? But right now we're just thinking about two more seasons."
Glee returns on September 26.