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This photo released by Fox shows the McKinley High School family of the past and present joining together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson in "The Quarterback" episode of "Glee" that aired Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
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.
"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.