Fox has delivered good news x2 for Glee fans today. Not only has the series been renewed for a fifth season, but the musical dramedy has been given the green light for a sixth season as well. The fifth season renewal likely ensures that the series will reach and surpass the milestone 100th episode.
Fox made the announcement today that they are giving two more seasons to their musical comedy series Glee. Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly spoke highly of the Ryan Murphy-created series:
“GLEE debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” said Reilly. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire GLEE team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show – and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.”
While ratings for the show aren't what they once were in the series' first and second season, Glee is still doing fairly well, with last week's episode bringing in 6.67 million viewers - a spike from the previous week's 5.91 million, likely due to the gun-focused plot. Those are decent numbers for an hourlong drama, though not quite impressive by comparison to the 11 million-plus the show was bringing in back in Season 1. Still, when you consider that many of the core cast has graduated and the series has transitioned a bit to split its focus between the high school glee club and the adventures of Rachel and Kurt in New York, the series is holding up ok. And "ok" is apparently enough to earn it two more seasons, during which we might expect even more changes as more students from William McKinley High graduate.
In their announcement, Fox also reminds Glee fans that next Thursday night's episode will feature the return of Sarah Jessica Parker.
In the next all-new episode of GLEE, “Lights Out,” airing Thursday, April 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith) enlist the members of New Directions to “unplug” and perform acoustic numbers, after the power goes out at McKinley High School. Meanwhile, Isabelle Wright (guest star Sarah Jessica Parker) asks Kurt to volunteer at the Vogue.com charity event, with Rachel and Santana (Naya Rivera) in tow.
Read our recap of last night's episode here.