'Glee' ending: Ryan Murphy confirms Season 6 will be the finale

glee-ending-season-6-ryan-murphy-cory-monteith-fox.jpgThe end of "Glee" has been set, according to the show's creator and executive producer, Ryan Murphy. He has confirmed that he plans to have the series finale at the end of next year's Season 6.

Murphy explained his reasoning to TVLine on Wednesday (Oct. 16) at an FX network event at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. "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 -- [ Cory Monteith] 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."

The shocking death of Cory Monteith in July has had a major impact on "Glee" even in the short-term. Production on the show stopped briefly following the actor's passing, and Season 5's third episode became a tribute to Monteith's character of Finn Hudson. There was even some concern that "Glee" would be canceled altogether without Cory Monteith, although that does not seem to be the case now.

As for the new final season, Murphy and the other "Glee" writers and producers are working on how the show will end. "I have a good idea," Murphy explained. "I'm going to tell the studio and the network 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."

Although currently off while FOX airs Major League Baseball, "Glee" is typically on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

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