"Glee" will officially close its McKinley High School doors after season 6 of the popular musical series, co-creator Ryan Murphy says.
According to a report in TVLine, Murphy confirmed at a Paley Center event honoring FX Networks on Wednesday, Oct. 16 that the show will not continue following season 6. The show was picked up for its current season, its fifth, and season 6 back in April 2013.
Murphy revealed that the final season was planned to be focused on characters Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson, portrayed by Lea Michele and the late-Cory Monteith. Following the actor's untimely passing in July 2013, Murphy says he's now figuring out how he wants to end the beloved show.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," Murphy said to reporters. "I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. 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."
Despite having to change the way he intended to originally end the FOX series, Murphy says he plans to end it in a way that will leave fans satisfied and still honor Monteith's character Finn.
"I have a good idea," Murphy said. "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. And kind of in his honor, which I love."
"Glee" recently paid tribute to Monteith and his character Finn in an episode titled "The Quarterback." The show earned a 2.8 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49 and was watched by about 7.4 million people, a boost from its previous ratings.
Mike O'Malley, who portrays Finn's stepfather and father of Finn's stepbrother Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, called the episode "remarkable" in an interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres show," commending the writers for taking on such a heartbreaking task.
"I think that the writers -- Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan -- have taken this incredible task, which was to write a story about a character that's passed away and yet honor the actor and really show the audience the love that the cast and the crew, but also that the audience, had for him," O'Malley said. "It was a really remarkable episode. I think it's one of the most beautiful episodes they've ever written on that show and I think they've written some beautiful ones."
"Glee" airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST on FOX (check local listings).