Prepare yourselves, Gleeks, for some not-so glee-ful news. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the popular FOX hit musical comedy 'Glee' will be wrapping up its fifth season a little sooner than originally expected.
Instead of closing out the season with the traditional order of 22 episodes, the series has decided to only produce a total of 20 episodes this time around, leaving fans two episodes short of what they're normally promised.
The shortened season can most likely be attributed to the production hiatus the cast and crew took earlier this season, due to the sudden and tragic passing of star Cory Monteith. After shooting a two-part Beatles tribute premiere, followed by the emotional tribute episode honoring Monteith's time on the series, the show took a month-long break from production to grieve.
As of last week, the musical series officially made the dramatic shift to focus solely on the New York City storylines. But even with this exciting locale switch and the two-part 100th episode, 'Glee's ratings this season have continued to fall into a downward spiral.
They recently dropped below 3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, matching its series low this week with a 0.9, which could also have something to do with the episode change-up.
"'Glee' is still a great property to have on our air," FOX COO Joe Earley told the site. "There have been some scheduling challenges…but what we see is still an incredibly popular show with a lot of time-shifting."
'Glee' airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX.