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'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy confirms series will end next season

Posted by Emily Wright  October 17, 2013 11:42 AM

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Note: An earlier version of this post reported that "Glee" would air an episode on Thursday, Oct. 17. The show will return Nov. 7 following the Major League Baseball playoffs.

When actor Cory Monteith died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in a Vancouver hotel room in July, one of many questions which arose was how could "Glee" continue without its star.

leacory.jpgAlthough the show has managed to go on, creator Ryan Murphy said on Wednesday that the musical dramedy would end its run after six seasons, according to TV Line.

Murphy spoke to the press at the Paley Center during an event honoring FX Networks, telling reporters that the final season of the show was supposed to center on Finchel's story.

“I always knew that, I always knew how it would end," Murphy continued. "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."

He added that he had a good idea of how he would rework the final story line, and that he would tell the studio in a week of his plan to honor Cory in his absence.

The Oct. 11 episode of "Glee" called "The Quarterback" served as a tribute to the fallen actor, and did not address a direct cause of Finn's death.

If you haven't had a chance to watch it yet, check out highlights from the emotional episode below.

Are you sad to see the show go? Will you continue to watch without Monteith? Let us know in the comments.

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