‘Gleeks’ will no doubt be in mourning after the creator of Glee, the gay-affirming American musical television series, confirmed that it will all come to an end next year.
As reported by TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, producer Ryan Murphy told reporters on Wednesday that the show’s next season will be its last.
He also revealed that the shocking recent death of star Cory Monteith had forced him to change the ending that he had always envisaged for the series.
“The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story,” said Murphy at a gala benefit event in California.
“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.”
“I have a good idea,” Murphy added. “I’m going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honour, which I love.”
The 31-year-old Monteith, who played the character of Finn, was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver in July from a drug and alcohol overdose
With its debut in 2009, Glee broke new ground in mainstream television with its positive and affirming representation of openly-gay teens and their relationships.
In 2011, Murphy, had to defend his controversial decision to depict gay teen couple, Kurt and Blaine, finally going “all the way”.