Cana­dian view­ers don’t see Glee cast’s ad­dic­tion PSAs

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — A teary episode of Glee ded­i­cated to late ac­tor Cory Mon­teith was fol­lowed in the United States on Thurs­day by a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment on drug ad­dic­tion, but Cana­dian view­ers didn’t get the mes­sage.

Global Tele­vi­sion says it didn’t air any of the four PSAs recorded by the Glee cast be­cause U.S. net­work Fox “didn’t pro­vide an in­ter­na­tional ver­sion.”

The episode dealt with the death of the foot­ball-hunk char­ac­ter Finn, played by Cal­gary-born Mon­teith, who was found dead in a Van­cou­ver ho­tel room in July of an ac­ci­den­tal drug over­dose.

The episode made only vague ref­er­ences to the cause of the Finn’s death.

How­ever, im­me­di­ately af­ter­ward, Amer­i­can view­ers saw a PSA fea­tur­ing Glee cast mem­bers dis­cussing drug de­pen­dency and urg­ing any­one suf­fer­ing to dial 1-800-662-HELP.

That num­ber refers call­ers to sub­stance abuse and men­tal health pro­grams in the U.S., so the spots didn’t air in Canada.

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