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Current Plans Call for 'Glee' to Do a Tribute to Cory Monteith's Character Finn, But Not Until Third Episode of Season. Here's Why THR

For the folks at "Glee," "the current plan is to pay tribute [to Cory Monteith's character Finn] during the show’s third episode, assuming ['Glee' co-creator Ryan] Murphy and his team 'can get it perfect,'" reports Lacey Rose in The Hollywood Reporter.

Says the story, "The first two episodes of season five, a long-planned Beatles tribute, [have] already been written and will need to be tweaked slightly."  That's why the tribute to Monteith won't be until the third episode of 'Glee' next season."

Murphy told The Reporter, " 'The right thing to do for the show, at least at this point, is to have that character pass. When we do the tribute episode to that character, we'll have to do it in a way where the castmembers will not have to re-create feelings of grief that they’ve had this week -- 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.' Murphy says that they don't intend to tackle the tribute episode until after the memorial [for Monteith], so much of the cast and crew are still making sense of their emotions."

According to the story, Murphy added, " 'It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better,' Murphy continues, reflecting on the emergency intervention that they had with Monteith in Murphy’s office on the Paramount lot in March."