Fox has something to sing about.
Musical dramedy Glee has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, the network announced Friday.
“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,” Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement announcing the news. “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.”
Reilly first hinted that the renewal could be for multiple seasons in January, telling reporters that it was a “real possibility” that he would pick up the musical for multiple seasons. “We’re going to negotiate now for the fifth season and beyond,” he said at the time.
Season four thus far has been a divisive one, with interest waning in the Ohio-set story line where the series has added a roster of new faces including Melissa Benoist (Marley), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Jacob Artist (Jake) and Glee Project season two winner Blake Jenner (Ryder). Much of Glee core cast graduated in the season three finale, with stars Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera and Harry Shum Jr. appearing sporadically this season after the planned New York-set spinoff were nixed last year.