Now that Glee’s two Beatles episodes are behind us, viewers will finally get to see the much-discussed Cory Monteith tribute, which is scheduled to air next week on October 10 at 9 p.m. ET.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his staff have been purposefully tight-lipped about what they’ve chosen to reveal about the emotional instalment in advance of its debut, but at a private screening for Ryan’s other show — American Horror Story — on October 3, the television mastermind spoke candidly about what it was like to write, film, and watch the tribute.
Ryan recalled that the episode was difficult for all involved, and especially “rough” for Cory’s real-life girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele (Rachel Berry).
The Glee stars have often referred to one another as “family," and Ryan echoed that sentiment when he recounted the actors’ rise to fame, something he notes that Cory clearly struggled with.
Per The Huffington Post, “That group of kids particularly went through the limelight and became world famous at a very difficult age, and many of them really struggled with it,” he began. “And Cory, obviously, very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that's why everybody loved him. He was the most kind, the most generous, never a bad word for anybody.”
Ryan also acknowledged that because of the emotional difficulty involved in filming the tribute, much of what viewers will see next week is very, very raw.
"I think what we'll see in the episode is what really happened. Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] and I wrote that episode and Brad directed it, and those performances that you'll see ... almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance.”
The episode’s track list was released earlier this week, and just thinking about Lea’s stunning acapella version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” brings tears to our eyes.
Even though Cory passed away in Vancouver from a mix of heroin and alcohol nearly three months ago, the cast and crew are still grappling with his sudden death. "People still are not over it — it's still very, very difficult," Ryan concluded.
Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute airs on Thursday, October 10, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
Source: The Huffington Post