For the past couple of weeks, the cast and crew of Glee have had the emotionally taxing job of shooting a memorial episode for late castmate and friend Cory Monteith. Like other castmates, star Harry Shum Jr has spoken out about the episode.
“It has been challenging,” Shum Jr told EnStars. "As you can imagine, it has been rough for the cast. We’re filming and missing someone who was part of our family. Filming the episode has been emotional but beautiful at the same time."
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The memorial episode is the third installment of the fifth season, and is called “The Quarterback,” which was Finn’s position on the McKinley football team. Beginning with the other characters learning of Finn’s death, the episode will focus on their reactions and remembering the boy. It has been said that on/off screen Lea Michele will only appear in the final scene.
Creator Ryan Murphy stated that after the writing of this episode the show would go on hiatus to figure out what direction to take the show. In the interview Shum Jr remarked on the hiatus saying, "The writers are working on where to take the show from here, so we’ll all be taking some time off." He revealed that he wasn’t sure when the cast would start up filming again. However, it has been widely speculated that episode 4 will air at the beginning of November following the baseball.
Shum Jr revealed that the cast will bring back some songs that were sung by Monteith’s character in previous seasons. He also added that the writers did a “beautiful job” with the script and that everyone is “working hard to make it the best tribute it can be.”
“The Quarterback” will air October 10th on FOX with the premier airing September 26th.