While the plans for the upcoming “Glee” tribute to Cory Monteith are still not exactly set in stone yet (mostly because production has not even started on the episode as of this writing, we have one actor here saying that they will do just about anything that he can to make sure that he will be there if producers call on him.
Just in theory alone, it makes sense for Mike O’Malley’s Burt Hummel to be around. He was a huge part of Finn Hudson’s life as his stepfather, and a character in the life of Chris Colfer’s Kurt. Also, he is one of the actors to carry some of the show’s most-emotional weight, and tackle difficult scenes including a heart attack and a cancer diagnosis that could have caused lesser actors to shrink.
Speaking at TCA while promoting his new role in NBC’s upcoming “Welcome to the Family,” O’Malley did take a moment to say that if asked, he would make sure to have his schedule cleared to be there for the tribute, which will be the third episode shot for this season:
“I hope to. I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week. But Burt is a very important role to me, it’s been a great great part, and I’ve said to all those guys I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturday, Sunday … whatever I need to do to participate in honoring Cory and his passing. He was, on that show, my stepson … so I certainly plan on being there.”
O’Malley added that his other show may actually be on hiatus when “Glee” is shooting this episode, so the stars could actually align perfectly thanks to that. He took the other job knowing that Burt was not going to have a lot of opportunities to turn up, but then the tragedy happened with Cory this summer.
It was just earlier this week that Colfer spoke out for the first time on Monteith’s passing, praising the actor and looking back fondly at the years that the two spent together.