Yes, you heard it right. The first season has yet to wrap up, and the second season has yet to air, but FOX has renewed Glee
for a third season.Entertainment Weekly reports
that the early renewal was to give writers a head start in planning storylines. It is a fairly long process, after all: they've got scripts to write, songs to attach, dances to choreograph, and all that.
Most importantly, however, the early renewal is a huge vote of confidence for Glee
, which has become a wild success for FOX, both in ratings and in critical reviews. The current run of episodes has an average of 9.4 million viewers, making it the top new scripted series of the season.
This isn't the first time the series got strong support from the network: Glee
premiered in May before kicking off its initial batch of episodes in September, and was given an extra nine episodes later in the year. A second season was announced during the show's four-month hiatus in January.
"Everything about Glee
... has been innovative and risky, but with [series creator] Ryan Murphy tapping into the zeitgeist, the risk has paid off with this truly remarkable series," FOX president Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "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."
"It's been a whirlwind year ... and yet we all feel like we've just begun this amazing musical journey," Murphy added. "We think our gleeks worldwide are going to love what we'll have in store for them in seasons 2 and 3."Glee
wraps up its first season on June 8. The second season premieres in the fall.(Image courtesy of FOX)