Lea Michele has shown an inspiring amount of courage and commitment to her fans, co-workers and the memory of her boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died tragically last month from a drugs overdose, by returning to work earlier than expected. It's been reported that with Lea's blessing, season five of the hit Fox show, Glee, has returned from hiatus and begun filming a two episode story arc honouring the work of the Beatles.
In fact, such was Lea's joy at returning to work that she tweeted about how much she'd missed her character Rachel Berry.
First day of glee today..And at my first wardrobe fitting for Rachel Berry for Season Five! I've missed her so much?— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) August 1, 2013
There has been much speculation as to how the show - whose producers have not been afraid in the past to tackle sensitive issues - would handle the departure of one its main characters Finn Hudson, last seen in the programme heading to college to train to be a teacher.
Yesterday, Fox's Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said that the third episode of the new season, scheduled to air in the US on 10 October, will mark the tragedy. 'That is the episode where Cory’s character will be written off and will deal directly with drug addiction and with the circumstances surrounding Cory’s death', he said acknowledging that this doesn't necessarily mean that Finn's character will be killed off. Proceeds from the music featured in that episode will go to a fund set up in his honour.
It goes without saying that this poignant episode will be one of the most difficult that the cast and crew will ever have had to film. It's thought that following this tribute episode, the show will take a short break to allow both the cast and its writers time to 'reset'.