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Glee renewed for second and third seasons

A promotional shot from Glee.

Story by Jack Foley

GLEE has been renewed for a second and third season, despite not even completing its debut run.

Owing to the success of the musical show, however, Ryan Murphy Television and 20th Century Fox TV have announced that it will continue for at least two more seasons.

A statement released by Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said: “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 favourite show.”

He was backed by Peter Rice, the Fox Networks Group Entertainment Chairman, who added in the statement: “In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon.”

Delighted series creator Ryan Murphy was among those to welcome the news, describing the first season as “a whirlwind year” for all concerned, but predicting: “We think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in seasons two and three.”

The second season of Glee will already form part of Fox’s Autumn line-up, but news of a third season demonstrates Fox’s commitment to the series and its long-term prospects.

In addition to capturing the hearts and minds of countless viewers, Glee has also become a music sensation, invading the charts on both sides of the Atlantic on numerous occasions, and spawning three albums and one Madonna-themed EP.

It has also won Golden Globes and prompted a national tour, including a performance by Glee cast members at The White House.

Season 1 of Glee is currently airing on E4 on Monday nights at 9pm and on Channel 4 on Friday nights from 8pm.

Read our verdict on Glee: The Music Volume 3 or the first half of Season 1