It's official: "Glee" will end after next season.
Ryan Murphy confirmed that the hit series sixth season will be its last at a Paley Center event honoring FX on Wednesday, Oct 15. TVLine was first to report the story.
The tragic death of Cory Monteith forced the series co-creator to think of a different ending for the musical comedy-drama.
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"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cory/Finn's story," Murphy said. "I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now."
Murphy admitted that he has a "good idea" about how the show will end.
"I'm going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory's unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory," he explained. "And kind of in his honor, which I love."
Last week, the show honored the memory of Monteith in the emotional episode "The Quarterback." It was a tribute to Monteith's legacy and it also laid to rest one of the sweetest, and most endearing, characters on TV, Finn Hudson.
And it brought in big ratings: 7.4 million total viewers and a 2.8 in the demo. That marks a 75 percent rise from the previous episode, the best ratings of the season and Fox's best demo numbers since September 2012.