New Directions is saying goodbye. Glee creator Ryan Murphy has officially announced that the hit musical series will end after next season, its sixth.
Murphy admits that the shocking death of star Cory Monteith, who played Finn, forced him to rewrite his overall plan for the show.
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"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story," Murphy told reporters last night at a Paley Center event in Los Angeles.
"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."
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After Cory died of a drug and alcohol overdose at the age of 31, Murphy and his team scrambled to rewrite episodes for the current season, which heavily featured Finn.
Their tribute episode, "The Quarterback," aired last week. In it, Finn died of unknown causes and the other characters - including Rachel, played by Cory's real life girlfriend Lea Michele - said goodbye to him.
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Glee's cast has changed since it first premiered. Original cast members Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr, and Heather Morris have all either left the show or dropped to recurring status.
FOX has not yet announced a final air date for Glee.
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