FOX In Talks For Glee’s “Fifth Season and Beyond”

GLEE: McKinley High's alumni return as mentors to the current glee club members in the "Thanksgiving" episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Nov. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron, Harry Shum Jr., Mark Salling and Amber Riley. ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

FOX Entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly told a small group of reporters after today’s TCA executive session, that the network is in the early stages of talks to renew the musical comedy Glee with co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk before the upfronts in May.

That would make way for Oxygen’s reality competition The Glee Project to return for Season 3.

“Yes, that is a real possibility; we’re going to negotiate now for the fifth season and beyond, so we’re talking about those things now,” Reilly said to reporters.

During the executive session, Reilly said he liked the consistency of Glee, but was sorry he could not program it more consistently. He said the dual story lines of McKinley High in Ohio and NYADA in New York City are working well, calling the the process “seamless.”

“This was ultimately what became of the spinoff talk: Let’s do it within the franchise,” he continued. “I do think if we can continue to follow a broad array of characters, it’s like life — you have relationships, you have friends — they go off, their lives go on and you get together and maybe you maintain a friendship, maybe you lose distance. I think we can do that within this world of people you followed.”

Reporters wondered if the action should move completely to New York City next year when characters played by Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris graduate. He said, “I have to talk to Ryan and see where he’s at right now; I don’t know, I wonder could it and should it naturally move there but we have to talk about it.”

I would love that, but highly doubt that will happen. It wouldn’t be Glee anymore if it moved outside of a high school competition setting. The initial idea, of spinning of Rachel and Kurt into a brand new show set in New York would have been a great idea, but it probably would have spelled the demise of the original Glee. Or maybe both. I’m guessing next season will feature dual story lines, with Blaine and some others attending school in New York City.  And some of the original cast members returning occasionally as guest stars.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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  • idolgleek92

    Awesome! I knew a fifth season was pretty much a guarantee, I’d love for my favorite show to last beyond that too :) The ratings have a pretty solid, steady base despite having declined this season.

  • supersonic

    No.  Glee has run its course.  They’re running out of stories as is.  No one likes the new characters.  Ratings aren’t the best, but you know, it’s Fox.  So, they’ll get a fifth season for syndication purposes.  It should be like, a 12 episode season so that they can get to 100.  But after that, just end it.

  • Kariann Hart

    I’m guessing next season will feature dual story lines, with Blaine and some others attending school in New York City. And some of the original cast members returning occasionally as guest stars.

    I think this would be the ideal situation!  I am enjoying Glee just as much or even more than in the past.  There are several new cast members that I really like.  My heart will always be with Rachel and Kurt!

  • Axxxel

    I am with you… End it when Glee is still having a decent number of viewers… before they start to create even more weird storylines…

    Then again, I would like to see Glee once in a “horror” episode,  once in a “natural disaster” episode and once in a criminal episode.. oh I think they did already the latter with Blaine’s eye getting hurt..

  • Jaejae1

    I’m with MJ. I would love for Glee to entirely move to NYC. The HS storylines are kind of juvenile and I hate to admit it that the weird kid of the season thing, i.e Unique (who is in my opinion Mercedes played by a guy) is not interesting to me.  And it feels wrong and weird for these old characters to still be around the HS.  I never went back to my HS after I graduated.  And Marley annoys the heck out of me. I do like Kitty and Jake. But really, the NYC storyline is just…stronger.

  • Axxxel

    Ok for Glee to move, but then it is not Glee anymore… the title of the TV series should be changed in Glee, the big apple, and it should not be a dramedy anymore but pure drama… with a few fun songs for comedic relief….

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I have to admit that my interest in the show just fell with Rachel, Kurt, Santana and Finn leaving as regulars. I haven’t become fond of any of the new cast members, and am only interested in what’s going on with the members who have left. I may watch the odd video here are MJ’s (with the people I mentioned), but I don’t even bother to watch the actual show any more, and my interest in the story lines faded a long time ago with how disconnected and totally unrealistic they were.

  • AZIdolFan

    I still love Glee! And so do my nieces. They also love the new characters. I hope Fox continues airing it.