The co-creator of Fox’s "Glee" has revealed plans to end the series, Us Weekly reports. Ryan Murphy told reporters Wednesday in L.A. that the musical series will end its run next year after six seasons.
The end of the show appears to be linked to the death of Cory Monteith, one of its stars.
"After the emotional memorial episode for Monteith and his character Finn Hudson aired last week, Murphy said it’s been very difficult to move on with the show," the story reports.
Talking about Monteith’s death July 13 due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol, Murphy said: "It’s really f–king hard. It’s hard. It’s hard every day. It’s hard in the writer’s room. It’s hard on the set. It just feels like … it’s hard too because we’re getting ready to wrap up a series. We’re going to do one more year and that’s it. So the last scene and the last stories were always very Cory heavy."
Murphy also talked about changes in store for the character Rachel, Finn’s love interest on the series, played by Lea Michele.
Said Murphy: "Well, you know, it’s very sad. I just said the whole end year of the show, which will be next year, was designed really around Rachel/Cory, Finn story. I mean I always knew that. I knew how that 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 happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what else you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now. I have a good idea. I’m going in, in like a week, to tell the studio and the network how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show, which I think is very satisfactory and kind of an end in his honor — which I love."
Murphy also noted that in tonight’s episode the show will lighten up after the heaviness of the Finn tribute.
"The episode is called ‘A Katy or a Gaga’ and it’s sort of about the kids trying to figure out who they are as artists," Murphy said. "So it’s fun in that way. I love both those artists [Katy Perry and Lady Gaga]. We’ve used them for many, many years on the show and they were very gracious to give us their stuff. After the memorial episode, I wanted to do something that was maybe a little more inspirational because that was so hard on the cast. So we did something that’s a lot of costumes, a lot of great set pieces."