TV tonight: ‘Glee’ pays tribute to Cory Monteith on ‘The Quarterback'

'Glee' says goodbye to Cory Monteith
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WASHINGTON, October 10, 2013 —“Glee” has always managed to entertain us while delivering a weekly life lesson, but don’t look for that lesson in tonight’s episode. Rather than take the opportunity to preach about the evils of substance abuse, the cause of death of Monteith’s character on “Glee” will remain a mystery.

What we get instead is a tear inducing one-hour tribute to Monteith’s “Glee” character Finn Hudson titled “The Quarterback.” Cory Monteith died in a Vancouver hotel in July of a heroin and alcohol overdose at age 31, leaving a hole in the heart of the cast members and fans of “Glee.” There has been a lot of talk about Monteith since his death, but very little of it puts him in a negative light.

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What we have heard instead emphasizes just how kind and decent Monteith was despite his well documented struggle with substance abuse. According to “Glee” executive producer Ryan Murphy, Monteith was “the most kind, the most generous” man, who “never had a bad word for anybody,” This sentiment is voiced by everyone who worked with Monteith, a fact that is painfully obvious in tonight’s episode.

“It was beautiful; gorgeous,” says Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, of the tribute episode, though filming it “was a mess. Everybody was crying, but it was good. We grieved together.”

In an industry that is notorious for chewing people up and spitting them out at the first sign of trouble, it is nice to see Hollywood handle Monteith’s death without demonizing him. It speaks volumes about Monteith, and the people who will miss him most.

R.I.P. Cory Monteith

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: (New) Alice’s stories about Wonderland get her admitted to an asylum; right before Alice undergoes a procedure intended to help her forget her pain, the knave of hearts and the rabbit bring her back to Wonderland to find her true love, Cyrus.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) Sheldon wants revenge after Amy ruins one of his favorite films; Leonard finds a way to get Penny to do anything; Stuart and Raj make online dating profiles.

FOX: The X Factor: (New) The Four-Chair challenge comes to a close.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) After Pawnee absorbs the city of Eagleton to prevent a financial crisis, the Parks department employees encounter their Eagleton counterparts. Sam Elliott and Billy Eichner guest star.

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (New) Damon tries to find Stefan without telling Elena that he is missing; Caroline and Elena try to determine who is covering up a murder on campus.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: The Millers: (New) When Carol wants to rearrange positions in the family’s cemetery plot, Nathan must ask his ex-wife, Jancie (Eliza Coupe), to give her space back to the Millers.

NBC: Welcome to the Family: (New) Dan returns to the gym to face Miguel while Caroline struggles to find the best way to break her big news.

9 p.m.

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) The doctors put together a fundraising gala; Bailey must face several difficult patients; Shane and Stephanie take care of the busy ER on their own; Alex opens up to Jo.

CBS: The Crazy Ones: (New) Simon tries to make up for Sydney’s negative childhood memories by reteaching her to drive; Lauren affects Andrew’s confidence.

FOX: Glee: (New) The New Directions gather to remember Finn Hudson.

NBC: Sean Saves the World: (New) Sean’s out of his league when his mom and his best friend Liz fight over who gets to take Ellie bra shopping.

CW: The Originals: (Repeat) Rebekah arrives in New Orleans and receives unexpected news from Hayley; Klaus moves forward with his plan; Marcel asks Davina for help.

9:30 p.m.  

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (New) When Berta hurts her back at work, Alan and Walden think she should retire.

NBC: The Micheal J. Fox Show: (New) When an old newsroom nemesis grabs the anchor chair, Mike takes the gloves off. Anne Heche guest stars.

10 p.m.

ABC: Scandal: (New) Flashbacks reveal more about Olivia’s relationship with her father; the White House and Pope & Associates work to clean up the mess they created.

CBS: Elementary: (New) Holmes and Watson search for a civil contractor who leaked classified information, but their lives are disrupted by a group of cyber activists determined to protect the contractor; Joan signs up for an online dating service.

NBC: Parenthood: (New) Problems at school slice a rift between Joel and Julia, Drew finds his footing at college and Crosby falls in love with Aida.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Alaska Gold Diggers at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

The First 48 at 9 p.m. on A&E

How It’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Four Weddings: Unveiled at 9 p.m. on TLC

North Woods Law: On the Hunt at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet

Anger Management at 9:30 p.m. on FX

Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p.m. on A&E

How Do They Do It? At 10 p.m. on SCI

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Predator on ENC

The Mighty on FLIX

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on HBO

Eyes Wide Shut on IFC

Knife Fight on SHO

The Baron of Arizona on TCM

Hick on TMC

9 p.m.

Outbreak on MOMAX

Charlie’s Angels on STARZ

Ghost Shark on Syfy

Later tonight:

Blue Car at 9:40 p.m. on TMC

Mumford at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX

Inescapable at 9:45 p.m. on SHO

Looper at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

Just Go With It at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Contraband at 10:30 p.m. on HBO

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