In a bit of a surprise, Fox has renewed Glee for a fifth and sixth season.
"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 Fox entertainment chairman Kevin 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.”
The news is a bit surprising, as it was not certain that Fox would be renewing the show at all. Rumors circulated that the show could be renewed for multiple seasons back in January, with Reilly mentioning that, "We're going to negotiate now for the fifth season and beyond." I guess he is a man of his word.
The show, now in its fourth season, is averaging a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with 8.7 million total viewers.
Rumors pertain that the show could drop on of its two locations for the fifth season.
Murphy, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in early February, said he was considering doing something different with Glee's fifth season -- potentially nixing one of the show's two locations.
"I think what we're going to do, and I have to wait until that moment to announce, but what we're going to do with the show is very different," said Murphy, the series creator. "Not everybody will go to New York, because I think that's really unrealistic. I really like this season, and I liked going back and forth, but I would really like at one point for a huge chunk of them to stay in one location, which we'll probably do next year. We just started to talk about that."