We’ll always have McKinley High.
”Glee” creator Ryan Murphy said Wednesday that the series, centered on a high school show choir and its “Breakfast Club”-worthy mix of jocks, geeks and mean girls, would end after its next season — the sixth.
His remarks, at a Paley Center event, come just three months after the death of actor Cory Monteith, who portrayed lovable quarterback Finn Hudson on the Fox show. Last week’s episode was an emotional tribute to Monteith’s character.
Murphy told a group of reporters that the final season had originally been designed around Finn and his relationship with Rachel Berry, a self-proclaimed diva with Broadway dreams, portrayed by Lea Michele, Monteith’s real-life girlfriend.
“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 said.
Fox has yet to confirm that the show will end, but Kevin Reilly, entertainment chairman of the network, told The Hollywood Reporter in August that he did not anticipate the show going “beyond two more seasons.”
As reported by TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, Murphy said the show’s reconceived series finale will honor Finn, a breakout role for Monteith, who received a special Emmys tribute last month.
The distinction was criticized by some, who argued that the 31-year-old actor had achieved less success than his fellow honorees, who included “All in the Family’”s Jean Stapleton and James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” fame.
Murphy, who also serves as executive producer on ‘Glee,’ lends his writing talents to an array of other projects. He’s well-known for creating the FX drama “Nip/Tuck,” and is also behind the FX series ”American Horror Story,” now in its third season.
He announced in April that he’s working on ”Open,” a series about human sexuality that will air on HBO.