If you haven't yet read it, this interview with "Glee" show runner and co-creator Ryan Murphy posted Saturday by TVLine, com is well worth a look.
The news: Cory Monteith's death (one week ago Saturday from an overdose) will not be addressed in the first two episodes of the season but in the third. Murphy does not lay out how the death will be handled -- whether as a straight tribute episode to Monteith or his character Finn Hudson, or something organic to the plot as a whole. But by his comments, it appears most likely a combination of all three. As you may be aware, there was a report Friday that indicated earlier filmed and unaired footage might be deployed, and this comment certainly does not rule that option out.
Per Murphy, to TVLine editor Michael Ausiello,
We were supposed to be on in the fall with four episodes, and that’s just not going to happen. So we’re going to go on the air with two episodes and right now we’re writing the third episode, which deals with Finn’s death -- which, you can imagine, is a very difficult episode to write. [It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really making sure that it’s a tribute to Cory. Then, who knows? Maybe we’ll wait to shoot that. We really have to see how everybody feels .?.?. We’re going to take a long writers’ hiatus after that episode to refigure the season.