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LONDON – U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB said Sunday that its flagship network Sky 1 would re-air two episodes of Glee from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday night to pay tribute to Cory Monteith.
The 31-year-old Glee star was found dead at a hotel in Vancouver on Saturday.
“Tonight from 6 p.m. on Sky 1 HD, following [the] sad news, we are paying tribute to Cory Monteith with two memorable episodes of #Glee,” the head of public relations for Sky One tweeted Sunday. Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox, whose Fox network airs the show in the U.S., owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB.
The first episode is “Heart,” in which Rachel’s (Lea Michele) fathers (Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell) throw a dinner party in honor of Rachel’s and Finn’s (Monteith) engagement.
The second episode, “Nationals,” is about the Glee protagonists’ competition for the 2012 Nationals championship in Chicago. The episode also stars celebrity judges Lindsay Lohan and Perez Hilton.
Both episodes are from the hit show’s third season. They will replace originally scheduled episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama and Micro Monsters.
In the U.K., Channel 4 aired the first two seasons of Glee before Sky 1 outbid the broadcaster for the rights for following seasons.
The Sky 1 Twitter feed also commented on Moteith’s death. “On behalf of Sky & UK fans of Glee, we want to express our sadness over Cory Monteith’s death,” it said. “Our thoughts are with his family & friends.”
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