Musical dramedy "Glee" is wrapping up after next season, its sixth, show co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed Wednesday night.
He also told reporters at an event celebrating the FX network that though he had the story all mapped out for the final season, there will be changes made due to the death of star Cory Monteith. The 31-year-old, who played Finn Hudson, died this summer from a mix of champagne and heroin.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cory/Finn’s story,” he told 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."
Fox aired a touching tribute to the character and the actor last Wednesday, but the show did not reveal how Finn died. The special episode was watched by nearly 7.4 million people, an increase of 81 percent over the previous week, according to Nielsen numbers provided by the network.
Murphy added that he has a new idea of how the show might end, and that it is "kind of in (Monteith's) honor, which I love."
"Glee" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.