FOX has ordered a third season of Glee from Ryan Murphy Television and 20th Century Fox TV.
The extraordinary vote of confidence comes on the back of its second season being approved only in January.
The show hasn’t even finished its first season. But the buzz from fans, advertisers, critics, awards and pop stars has been too high to ignore.
FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, “Everything about Glee – from the concept to the characters to the marketing – 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. 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.”
Murphy added, “It’s been a whirlwind year – from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week – and yet we all feel like we’ve just begun this amazing musical journey. We think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in seasons two and three.”
The move will allow story arcs to be created with more forward-thinking as well as saving some money on production.
Last week’s “Olivia” episode won its timeslot in Australia with 1.3m viewers.