Is Glee on its way out? Well, not anytime soon. The series is heading into its fifth season, with a sixth season already on order. So we should anticipate at least two more seasons of the Fox musical comedy, but what about after that? We're already looking much further ahead than most series tend to plan, but since the question was raised at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this week, the subject is on the table and it sounds like Fox actually has a vague timeline in place for the run of the show. In a nutshell, Season 6 could very well be the last.
According to TVLine, Fox president Kevin Reilly spoke about the future of Glee, and it sounds like May 2015 will mark the end of the series' run. Of course, he says that now, and nothing is absolutely set in stone, especially given the two-season pick-up the series got last Spring.
“Never say never, but… there’s two very clear arcs to get to that end and conclude [the series]. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout, who knows. But right now, we’re thinking about two seasons.”
From Reilly's comment, it sounds like they're basing this estimation on the state of the series as it is right now and the fact that they have the series set up to reach its conclusion in two seasons, with "two very clear arcs" in place to get it there.
I still watch Glee but I can't complain about this news. Even without the ongoing will-they/won't-they saga that was Finn and Rachel's relationship, which has unfortunately been cut short due to the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith, Glee isn't what it once was. Lead characters continue to graduate, and while new characters have been brought in to fill the open spots in the Glee club at William McKinley High School, the series hasn't had that spark we once saw in its first season. If that continues to be the case, six seasons seems like a particularly generous run.
But "never say never," as Reilly says. Who knows what might happen during the next couple of seasons? There's always the chance that the series will see a resurgence in popularity, perhaps by bringing in new characters or finding a way to boost the story lines of the current ones enough to generate the kind of buzz the series had in its earlier seasons. And if not, fans have two more seasons to enjoy before the show wraps up, right?
TVLine doesn't say whether Monteith's death had anything to do with Fox's assessment of Glee's remaining run, but the site does note that the fifth season premiere was pushed back by a week to September 26 due to Monteith's death last month.