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Glee to end next year


Hit TV series to sing final number after Season Six, co-creator Ryan Murphy says.

It looks like Glee will take its final bow next year.

The Fox drama / musical will end its run after six seasons, Ryan Murphy, the series' co-creator, said at a Paley Center for Media event honoring FX Networks on Wednesday night, according to TV Line.

Murphy, who also runs FX's American Horror Story, said Glee star Cory Monteith's drug-overdose death earlier this year forced him to rethink how to close out the show.

"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory / Finn's story," Murphy said, as quoted by TV Line.

"I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it," Murphy said. "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."

A spokesperson for Fox declined to comment on the report. However, Murphy's reported remarks essentially confirm those made by Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly at the Television Critics Assn. media tour this summer.

Ratings for the show this year have been low compared with last season's. The season premiere drew about five million viewers and earned a rating of 2.0 in the key 18-49 age demographic, down more than 30% compared with the Season Four opener.

However, a recent episode of Glee that paid tribute to Monteith brought in its best numbers so far this season, with its key demographic rating up 75% compared with the previous week.

The episode featured numerous emotional performances dedicated to the actor, including Lea Michele's rendition of Make You Feel My Love. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Solve your financial woes


Everyone is feeling the heat with the cost of living rising. Hence, it's of utmost importance that we learn to manage our finances better.

Under an initiative supported by Bank Negara Malaysia, 988 is collaborating with Agensi Kaunseling Dan Pengurasan Kredit (AKPK, Credit Counselling And Debt Management Agency) to educate the public on this topic.

Whether you're interested in making, saving or investing money, tune in to 988's Yuet Lei Yuet Dor Choi (Prosperity Beckons When You Take Charge) every Thursday from 8am to 9am to get expert advice on managing finances and budget planning.

If you're constantly facing money woes, the simple and practical financial tips should come in handy.

In this 60-minute show, AKPK representative will discuss financial issues commonly faced by the public, with tips on how to overcome them.

Listeners also stand a chance to win RM200 by participating in the show's SMS contest. Questions will be based on the content of the show. Suria FM will also air a similar show called Doktor Wang Suria every Tuesday from 8am to 9am.

Also on 988 this week

April 25 marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Cantopop legend Danny Chan Bak Keung's passing.

As a tribute, let's take a walk down memory lane with Chan's many golden hits such as Yat Sang Ho Kau. Also, stars like Joey Yung, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Kay Tse and Gin Lee share their thoughts on Chan's music and his influences on their music career.

Music Gets Crazy (Mon-Fri, 1pm-3pm)

Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, is a new comedy which has been likened to The Hangover... for senior citizens!

Stay tuned for the cue to win tickets to this hilarious film which features an outrageous bachelor party that takes place in Sin City.

*For more information, log on to www.988.com.my. Download the 988 app or stream it online at www.988.com.my.

Casual intrigue in The Blacklist


Many questions pop up when watching The Blacklist. Some are highly intriguing, others not so much.

WHAT happens when everything and everyone around you are not what they seem? This conundrum is what Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) faces from the very first day she starts work as an FBI profiler in the new series The Blacklist.

What she thought was going to be an ordinary first day turns into a life-changing moment the minute she is brought into the agency to talk to Raymond Reddington (James Spader), who has been on the FBI's Most Wanted list for years.

On Elizabeth's first day at her new job, Reddington casually walks into FBI headquarters and surrenders. Needless to say, this man has leverage – a list of people who pose a threat to the United States and a plan on how to apprehend them.

Ultimately, the list sways the FBI to grant him conditional freedom. His terms: a stay in a luxury hotel, expensive room service, personal tailor – and he will only talk to Elizabeth.

This last demand is one of the first mysteries that intrigues the audience. Why is Reddington so insistent that he only deals with her, when she has no idea who he is?

She has a dark past, judging from a scar on her hand and something about adopting a child, but how is all this connected to Reddington? The most obvious solution to this question is that he is her father (!) but that seems too easy a way out of this mystery, and The Blacklist is obviously a series that wants to throw many twists at the viewer. Also, Reddington would seem to have more than enough resources to bring down the people on his list by himself. Does he really need the FBI's help like he claims?

Another intriguing mystery in the series is the one which revolves around Elizabeth's personal life. She discovers the man she's married to has a secret, in the form of multiple fake passports, cash and a gun, which he has hidden in a box under the floorboards in their home. Is he a spy sent to keep an eye on Elizabeth? Or is he working with Reddington? The possibilities are endless.

This, in turn, brings us to yet another question – who is Elizabeth that two different individuals have been keeping a close eye on her? By the end of the third episode, a third party comes into the picture and makes it his business to watch her. Just who is she, anyway?

These mysteries are what drive the series more than the list of really forgettable baddies. It's also interesting that the relationship between Reddington and Elizabeth kicks off with the same vibe as Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Silence Of The Lambs, but goes on to hint at something else.

Actress Boone (Law & Order: LA) gives her character a sombre personality as Elizabeth goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, managing to hold her own when placed side by side with the more over-the-top Spader (he has the better lines).

While the main characters are watchable, the people around them are not. The most annoying bit has to do with the FBI. It's all a bit too convenient the way the FBI and the government submit to Reddington's "wishes" by the third episode, though it must be said that the man always seems to have the upper hand even when the bureau has him locked up and isolated in a maximum-security cell.

One reason why Reddington may not feel threatened by the agency may be because the FBI – as portrayed in The Blacklist – is somewhat incompetent. This comes across loud and clear whenever Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) comes into the picture.

This guy insists that he does everything himself, but he's no Jack Bauer (of 24). For example, when he needs to save someone's life, but is miles away, he doesn't pick up the phone and send the closest unit there – he drives madly through traffic and does the job himself. What?

When he is tracking Reddington, he botches it because he doesn't have back-up. Seriously? If this dude isn't annoying enough, they bring in a CIA agent, Meera Malik (Parminder Nagra), seemingly just to have the CIA and FBI butt heads about how each agency conducts its business.

It's a good thing that The Blacklist has a good thing going at its core – the mystery surrounding Elizabeth and Reddington – otherwise it might have ended up on the casualty list all too soon.

*The Blacklist airs every Wednesday at 10pm, first and exclusively on AXN (Astro 701 / HD Ch 721). Reader response can be directed to entertainment@thestar.com.my.

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