10/07/2010 AT 7:25 PM ET
Fear not: If Kurt’s dad on Glee doesn’t come out of a coma, Mike O’Malley will still be employed.
The actor who plays blue-collar Burt Hummel is coy about this week’s cliffhanger that left his character in a hospital bed on the brink of death, but in real life O’Malley is doing just fine.
He has another project as a writer/producer on Shameless, a Showtime series set to air in January starring William H. Macy, and keeps busy as a playwright and coach to his son’s baseball, basketball and soccer team.
O’Malley caught up with PEOPLE to dish on the emotional episode that had everyone talking: