BEVERLY HILLS

Mike O'Malley has a new job on the upcoming NBC comedy, "Welcome to the Family," but he insisted that he'll do everything in his power to maintain his connection to "Glee" -- and especially the tribute episode to the late Cory Monteith.

"Burt is a special part for me," he said of the character who was stepfather to Monteith's Finn. "I told those guys (producers) that I'll work early in the morning, late at night, on weekends to be part of the show and, specifically, to honor Cory. He is my stepson on that show and I certainly plan on being there."

O'Malley made his comments during an NBC panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. He remembered Monteith as a "warm and wonderful" guy and a natural leader on "Glee."

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: (L-R) Actors Mary McCormack and Mike O’Malley speak onstage during the "Welcome to the Family" panel
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: (L-R) Actors Mary McCormack and Mike O'Malley speak onstage during the "Welcome to the Family" panel discussion at the NBC portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) ( Frederick M. Brown )

"He was the fictional quarterback on that show and the very real quarterback on that set," he said. "He was an incredibly warm guy -- welcoming to everyone who came on the 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 miss him very much."

O'Malley said the toughest scene he ever did on "Glee" was when he had to kick Finn out of the house for uttering a homophobic slur.

"He was remarkable when we were shooting that scene over and over," O'Malley recalled. "Just the depth of emotion he was able to portray -- the sorrow, the shame."