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

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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.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 12, 2013 G2

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