Fox's "Glee" Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons; Details Revealed for April 25 Episode
By Michael Gioia
Fox has ordered two more seasons of the hit musical series "Glee," it was announced April 19 by Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment of Fox Broadcasting Company.
"'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 Reilly in a statement. "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."
"I am very grateful to Kevin [and Twentieth Century Fox Television chairmen] Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] for their incredible support of this series from the beginning," added Murphy. "But I also want to thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us."
Last month, the series reached its milestone 500th performance with a rendition of the anthem "Shout." Now in its fourth season, "Glee" has made the transition to college with Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) attending NYADA, while the new kids of McKinley High continue to strive for a glee club win at Regionals.
In the next new episode of "Glee," "Lights Out," airing April 25 (9-10 PM ET), "Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith) enlist the members of New Directions to 'unplug' and perform acoustic numbers, after the power goes out at McKinley High School," according to Fox. "Meanwhile, Isabelle Wright (guest star Sarah Jessica Parker) asks Kurt to volunteer at the Vogue.com charity event, with Rachel and Santana (Naya Rivera) in tow."
Jane Lynch, who will make her Broadway debut as tyrannical orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in Broadway's Annie, will sing "Little Girls" on the April 25 episode. She will also be a guest on the April 22 airing of "Ellen."
"Glee" is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers.
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