Glee Gets a Third Season Pickup


Before even finishing its first season, the award-winning, underdog comedy “Glee” has been picked up through its third season, it was announced today by Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group; and Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“In just one year, ‘Glee’ has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Rice. “We are incredibly proud to have talent like Ryan Murphy and the ‘Glee’ cast in our Fox family, and we can’t wait to see where Ryan takes the show in Seasons Two and Three.”

“Everything about ‘Glee’ – from the concept to the characters to the marketing – has been innovative and risky, but with Ryan Murphy tapping into the zeitgeist, the risk has paid off with this truly remarkable series,” said Reilly. “‘Glee’ has one of the most active, devoted fan bases I’ve ever seen, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to give Gleeks a third season of their favorite show.”

“Brad, Ian, Dante, the cast and I are all thrilled and honored by the overwhelming support of ‘Glee’ from Fox, the studio and our amazing fans,” said Ryan Murphy, co-creator and executive producer of “Glee.” “It’s been a whirlwind year – from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week – and yet we all feel like we’ve just begun this amazing musical journey. Having time to plan ahead is wonderful, and we think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in Seasons Two and Three.”

In the next all-new episode, “Glee” takes on the music of Lady Gaga when Mr. SchuesterM (Matthew Morrison) encourages the glee club members to express themselves using the pop superstar’s music. Meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele) has a life-changing encounter, and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) embraces her inner goth in the “Theatricality” episode – featuring guest stars Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff – airing tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The first season finale of “Glee” airs Tuesday, June 8 (8:59-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series then returns this fall to kick off its second season on Tuesdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

“Glee” is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer.