Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Glee is a musical dramedy series about a group of ambitious and talented kids who escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Darren Criss, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Chord Overstreet, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera and Jane Lynch.
The renewal of the series had been expected for some time and comes after the network previously renewed Bones, The Following, The Mindy Project and New Girl. Over the course of its fourth season, Glee has been averaging 8.7 million total viewers and a 3.6 A18-49 rating. The series is a top 10 comedy among Adults 18-49, a top 10 show overall among Adults 18-34 and the No. 1 show overall on broadcast television among Teens (tied with Family Guy).
“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,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.”
“Glee has been a signature series for the studio since its launch four years ago and we couldn’t be happier that Fox has ordered two more seasons,” commented Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Ryan, Brad, Ian and Dante have created something that is far larger than a television show; it’s a global entertainment brand which continues to touch millions around the world. From its chart-topping musical numbers to its inventive storytelling and rich, complex characters, Glee rewrote the rules of what network television could be, and we are enormously proud to be the studio behind it.”