"Glee" will address the deaths of Cory Monteith and his character, Finn Hudson, in the third episode of its fifth season.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly relayed the news Thursday during the network's portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.
"The third episode will write Finn Hudson out of the show," Reilly said, noting that the first two episodes, which are Beatles-centric, had already been written. While the hour will "deal directly with the incidents involved his death," which would include Monteith's drug use, that doesn't necessarily mean storyline-wise. Reilly indicated that PSAs would air throughtout the episode. Reilly did not offer details on how Finn's death would play out.
Reilly also said there was a possibility that previously shot footage of Monteith could be used in the third episode, though nothing has been finalized.