Expect to see some old familiar faces during the upcoming Glee tribute to Cory Monteith.
E! News reports that the episode will be called “The Quarterback” and it will include some of the show’s original cast members who are no longer part of the cast.
Returning stars are said to include Amber Riley (Mercedes), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang), Mark Salling (Puck) and Jayma Mays (Emma).
The show will also include Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Bieste), Kurt’s father Mike O’Malley (Burt Hummel) and Finn’s mother Romy Rosemont (Carole Hudson-Hummel).
“We’re in the middle of filming [the tribute], and it’s incredibly hard,” Matthew Morrison recently told E! News.
As OKMagazine.com reported, Cory was found dead in Vancouver, Canada, on July 13 after he ingested a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol. The actor was just 31 years old.
“We’ve mourned Cory, but now we’re mourning Finn,” says Matthew. “So it’s kind of like two people in that one person.”
It was especially hard for producers to put together the perfect script to honor their colleague, Cory. “The hard part for all of us is that…we’ve been holed up writing the memorial episode,” Glee creator Ryan Murphy tells Deadline.com. “There were a lot of things that we had to decide—how are we going to deal with his death?”
“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose—that was something we had considered,” continues Ryan. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.”
Jane Lynch has now taken to twitter to thank those toiling behind the scenes for striking the right tone and delivering what is to be an intensely emotional episode. “Most beautiful thing,” she wrote.