"The third episode will write Finn Hudson out of the show," Reilly said at Fox's exec session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour today. "That episode will deal with the incidents directly involved with Cory's passing, (including) drug use."
Reilly praised "Glee" lead Lea Michele, "who has the most personally wrapped up in it and has been an extraordinary human being and pillar of strength."
"Glee" will go on a three-week hiatus after that third episode, to make room for its Major League Baseball playoff coverage. Music proceeds from the episode will be donated to a fund in Monteith's name.
In other news, Reilly stated that Keith Urban would return as a judge on the next season of "American Idol."
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