Fox announced Thursday that their hit show “Glee” will shoot PSAs about drug abuse in honor of the late “Glee” star Cory Monteith. The PSAs will be made by his former “Gleemates” and will air during a tribute to the late actor, this according to Fox’s chair of entertainment Kevin Reilly.
The show and network said goodbye to the 31-year-old actor in a private memorial service last week that was “beautiful and touching,” Reilly tells at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Monteithwas found dead on July 13 in his room in a Vancouver hotel. Medical reports say Monteith died due to a heroin and alcohol overdose.
Producers are now scrambling to fix the storyline and explain the exit of Monteith’s beloved character, Finn Hudson, and how his loss will impact the last two seasons of Fox’s hit musical comedy.
“This show truly was a family,” Reilly said. “They went through an extraordinary experience together, young kids for the first time and (executive producer Ryan Murphy) being their sort of surrogate dad. He’s been dealing with all of that, and only now are we getting down to the work.”