Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Glee regular Mike O’Malley was asked to comment on his relationship with the late Cory Monteith during a TCA panel this morning for O’Malley’s new NBC sitcom “Welcome to the Family.” “Many of my scenes on Glee were with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith. Cory had with me what was probably one of the toughest scenes I’ve ever acted in my career when my character had to throw his character Finn out of the house because of a slur he’d used. He was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over, just the depth of emotion he was able to betray, the sorrow, the shame. Ever since I met him, he was the fictional quarterback on that show and the very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks. He was a very hard-working actor, and I just loved working with him. He was a great guy, and I’ll miss him very much.”
Asked whether he would participate in the Glee tribute episode, O’Malley said: “I hope to. I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week. But [his Glee character] 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.” He said the tribute episode of Glee may be shot when his NBC comedy is on hiatus.”