The cast of Glee will mourn the loss of the show's star Cory Monteith at a memorial service on set, and they are also planning to film a tribute episode to bid farewell to his character.
The 31-year-old actor was found dead at a hotel in Vancouver, Canada last weekend (13-14Jul13) and officials ruled he passed away after taking a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol.
The news plunged the rest of the cast into mourning, and show creator Ryan Murphy has now revealed they will be holding their own private service to remember the actor at the Paramount Pictures Studio lot in California, where the show is filmed.
Murphy has also detailed how he plans to address Monteith's loss in the new series of Glee, revealing two Beatles-themed episodes will be filmed next month (Aug13), and they will also record a tribute show for his character, Finn Hudson, before taking a hiatus.
He tells E! News, "We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work. We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn's character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don't know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot."
Murphy also reveals he had to consider axing the show in the aftermath of the tragedy, but came up with a new plan after discussing the matter with Monteith's co-star and real life girlfriend Lea Michele.
He adds that the storyline will be the most difficult he has ever written: "Lea blessed every decision. I told her even I don't know what to do. I don't know how to write about the death of someone I love."