FOX Cuts 'Glee' Final Season to 13 Episodes
Thursday, July 10, 2014
curtain call will be shorter than expected. The FOX musical dramedy,
which was originally picked up for two full-length seasons to wrap its
run, has received a slimmed-down order for its sixth and final season.
Glee season 6 will last 13 episodes, much less than the original 22 that was originally planned. The show, which was pushed to mid-season, will run all 13 episodes in a row when it returns in 2015.
When FOX originally ordered two extra seasons of Glee, it was still doing reasonably well, pulling in around 6 million viewers per episode. But that number dropped dramatically in season 5, ending with less than 2 million viewers.
It felt like Glee never fully got a handle on how to address the post-graduation storylines, and the tragic death of star Cory Monteith last summer made things even more difficult. The dip in ratings and quality is also reflected in its awards show presence. Once a titan at the Emmys, with 19 nominations in its freshman season, this year it received just one nomination, for the direction of the 100th episode. That makes it the first time the show failed to receive any acting nominations at the Emmys.
However, co-creator Ryan Murphy has promised that the final season will bring the show back to its roots, possibly meaning Lima as opposed to the full-time move to NYC in the second half of season 5.
Glee's sixth and final season of 13 episodes will return to FOX in early 2015.
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