Cory Monteith to Be Honored With a Tribute at 2013 Emmys
In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, the show's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, said there are plans for "something that reflects an homage" to Monteith, 31, who was found dead on July 13 from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol . But "what the extent of that is, or how we’re going to approach it," he added, "well, it’s too early to tell."
Ehrlich has felt pressure to pay special tribute to the Glee star separate from the traditional Emmy's "In Memoriam" segment, a moving video salute to those TV notables lost over the past year. But with just weeks until the Sept. 22 telecast, the producer's planning is under a time crunch.
"If Cory had passed away in March, we'd have had four months to look at this with a little more perspective," he explained. "The reason we're getting all of this discussion now is because he passed away two weeks ago. But we are going to deal with it."
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, come just ahead of Glee returning. After being delayed by creator Ryan Murphy in wake of Monteith's passing, the show's fifth season will premiere on Sept. 26, with the third episode paying tribute to their fallen cast member.