'Glee' Renewed by FOX for Seasons Five and Six

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April 19th, 2013

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via pres release:


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Thursday, April 25


FOX has ordered two more seasons of the genre-defying musical sensation GLEE, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“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.”
“GLEE has been a signature series for the studio since its launch four years ago and we couldn’t be happier that FOX has ordered two more seasons,” commented Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Ryan, Brad, Ian and Dante have created something that is far larger than a television show; it’s a global entertainment brand which continues to touch millions around the world. From its chart-topping musical numbers to its inventive storytelling and rich, complex characters, GLEE rewrote the rules of what network television could be, and we are enormously proud to be the studio behind it.”
“I am very grateful to Kevin, Dana and Gary for their incredible support of this series from the beginning,” added Murphy. “But I also want to thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us.”


Over the past four seasons, GLEE has built a loyal fan base of “Gleeks”; made tracksuits, musicals and outcasts cool again; attracted A-list guest stars from Kate Hudson and Katey Sagal to Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow; covered music from Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Stevie Wonder; and received prestigious awards and nominations, from the Golden Globes to the Writers Guild. This hit series and its extraordinary characters have become an indelible part of pop culture and will continue entertaining fans through 2015.


Last month, the series reached its milestone 500th performance with a rendition of the anthem, “Shout.” GLEE music continues to shatter records with more than 53 million GLEE tracks digitally downloaded and more than 13 million albums sold worldwide. GLEE albums have garnered two platinum albums (sales in excess of 1 million units) and five gold albums (sales in excess of 500,000 units). Also, the GLEE cast holds the record for most singles to ever enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart (203 tracks to date), surpassing records previously held by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and James Brown.


This season, originals of GLEE are averaging a 3.6/10 among Adults 18-49 and 8.7 million Total Viewers. GLEE is a Top 10 comedy among Adults 18-49, a Top 10 show overall among Adults 18-34 and the No. 1 show overall on broadcast television among Teens (tied with FAMILY GUY).


Now in its fourth season, GLEE has made an effortless transition to college with Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) attending NYADA, while the new kids of McKinley continue to strive for a glee club win at Regionals.


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.


GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers. “Like” GLEE on Facebook and download the Facebook Fan Page app at www.facebook.com/Glee. Follow the series on Twitter @GLEEonFOX and join the discussion at #glee.

  • Jo

    My deepest sympathies to the TVBTN headline writers.

  • Kavyn

    Probably the last two seasons, and also probably a guarantee that glee will focus on Lima, Ohio only these next two seasons.

  • Guardian Owl

    So now the only surprise for the Fox upfront will be what days they schedule the programs on.

  • theCroup

    Though I can’t see season 6 premiering above 2.0. Maybe not even a 1.5 for that matter

    If it came to that I’m sure Fox could cancel or renegotiate after all. I’m certain they are considering where to place it on the schedule to maximize the ratings though.

    I also wonder if anyone has any data on the age distribution of Glee viewers. This might be one of those shows that has such a large base of young teenage viewers that people will conceivably age INTO the demo at a rate faster than they age out.

    Wasn’t ther rumours last week about canceling Glee?

    There’s always rumors around negotiation time.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Why FOX why?

    This leads me to believe that FOX really wants to secure these contracts cause they may have plenty time free September 2014 FALL given that XFLOP will flop!

    Given idols numbers..

    But this is one show I truly hate!

  • David

    “Wow I don’t watch but haters are probably FUMING right now for the renewal of the obvious 5th and surprising 6th Season!

    Congratz Glee(ks)!”

    The sad part is, a majority of THE FANS feel that way ^…. Just check out tumblr.

  • smg77

    This is fantastic news. I hope heads are rolling over at the Parents Television Council

  • Joe

    And we can’t even get TNT to announce ONE additional season of “Dallas”?!?!

  • LeighLee

    I’m surprised, but happy. I hope that it will incorporate more of the old cast members (meaning Santana/Brittana), but I’m getting used to the new kids.

    @Kavyn If focusing on Lima means no more Rachel, I’m all for it! I’m sure we wouldn’t have such luck, though with Finn going to college in Lima. Rachel goes off to NY and we still can’t seem to get rid of her!

  • Tom

    I’m surprised about the Season 6 part of this; it was probably a situation similar to Bones a few years back, where the producers apparently balked at doing one season for less, but were willing to do two (the job security of two years at a given rate vs. just one year at slightly more).

    My gut says that (unless Fox’s pilots go terribly) the show reverts to Tuesdays @ 8 for next season. Season 6 could easily start as Friday spackle if any shows are hits next year.

  • steven

    Do we NEED more Glee?

  • Phil


  • Meliwa

    Kavyn–there’s nothing in the press release indicating that. In fact, the ratings this season have shown the fans are somewhat okay with the New York storyline.

    As for the anti-fans gnashing their teeth…ah, schadenfreude….

  • Olka

    Whoa whoa whoa..!!!
    Two seasons at once?

  • Sam

    I guess bad ratings won’t kill that show.

  • CrimTV

    Why are people saying that the series shouldn’t be renewed for a 5th and 6th season, apart from it’s Thanksgiving debacle, ratings have been above a 2.0 all season, and for Fox (who renewed The Mindy Project with a 1.4 and Raising Hope with a 1.3), that’s great for them. It also makes money in music sales and concert sales as well!

  • rob60990

    2 seasons? oh dear.

  • CrimTV


    Yes a 2.2 this passing Thursday is really a *bad* rating even though AI scored just a 2.9 rating.

  • robin

    ON YOUR FACE HATERS ! Best news EVER !!

  • Alex

    Again I’ll just point out that this two season renewal isn’t a straight forward two season renewal. It gives Fox an option for a sixth season under the same terms as the fifth so they don’t have to go through another round of prolonged negotiations for the show. Its not an unusual or especially extraordinary deal. If the show dies in its fifth season Fox won’t exercise their option for the sixth and may end up paying a penalty fee. Although they may not as I suspect there’s probably also various performance clauses in the contract for season six as well.

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