Finn Hudson, the character Cory Monteith played on Glee, will be written out of the popular series during the third episode of the upcoming fifth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said at the Television Critics Association news conference that the show’s producers are working out the details for the episode. The exec also predicted that the musical-comedy will likely end after two more seasons.
Public service announcements related to Monteith’s death from an overdose are also planned.
“The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass,” series creator Ryan Murphy said. “When we do the tribute episode to that character, we’ll have to do it in a way where the cast members will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had [following Monteith’s death] — but do it in an upbeat way. If we can do this responsibly and help young people through these feelings, that’s the best that we can hope for.”
Proceeds from music sales for the tribute will go into a fund set up to honor the late actor.
The 31-year-old actor died July 13 in Vancouver, B.C. and the autopsy revealed his death was due to ”mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.”