FOX's 'Glee' has had a difficult year to begin with, as ratings had already fallen since the show's heyday before actor Cory Monteith's passing drastically altered production on the fifth and penultimate season. Now, with ratings at an all-time low, FOX has cut the 'Glee' season 5 episode order by two, so what could it mean for the sixth, and established final season?
The fifth season of FOX's starmaking 'Glee' became mired by change with the death of actor Cory Monteith, as well as news that a sixth season would likely prove the last for the series. Now, FOX president Kevin Reilly reveals even more change on the horizon, as the remainder of the fifth season will shift focus to its New York setting, potentially moving the series there for the duration of its run.
It's hard to say if 'Glee' would have followed the same trajectory toward a season 6 series finale if not for lead actor Cory Monteith's untimely death, though series creator Ryan Murphy always had in mind how the series would have ended between Monteith and co-lead Lea Michele. Want to know what 'Glee''s very last shot would have been?
'Glee' has understandably commanded its fair share of headlines in recent months, even as the series is poised to wrap up its final season in 2015, but it seems longtime fans of the series have some seriously good news: the upcoming 100th episode will feature the returns of most of the original cast, including repeat guest star and Broadway sensation Kristin Chenoweth.
Though we still have a month or so of programming left, FOX has already begun making some major changes in its midseason lineup that may bode ill for previously safe offerings. 'Glee' in particular will move out of its Thursday slot back to Tuesdays, while oft-maligned Seth MacFarlane comedy 'Dads' will undergo a hiatus in 2014, alongside new episodes of 'The Mindy Project.'
Earlier today, word broke of 'Glee''s potential plans to move the series to New York full-time in time for the final season, though that idea was only one of several under consideration. Far crazier than that however, is another apparent possibility that will see a major character relocating to Russia altogether!
We'll never know for sure what 'Glee''s path might have been if not for the tragic loss of actor Cory Monteith, himself eloquently memorialized in season 5's most recent "The Quarterback," but it seems 'Glee' has in mind a potential move toward the endgame. After dividing the story in seasons 4 and 5 between New York and its Lima, Ohio origins, it seems 'Glee' may be considering a full-time move to the Big Apple.
FOX got a hefty amount of business taken care of today, not the least of which will surely have the internet talking, as Seth MacFarlane's controversial 'Dads' has been given a full season order to continue its equal opportunity offending. Meanwhile, the network has also plotted 'The Following's January premiere to coincide with the 'Sleepy Hollow' finale, a spring break for 'Glee' and more!
While Cory Monteith's death forever altered the course of 'Glee,' fans were nonetheless to learn this past summer that FOX had intended to end the series altogether following the sixth season. At the time, it was thought that the network would at least wait until 2014 to decide for sure, but series creator Ryan Murphy confirms that 'Glee' season 6 will end the series, its finale endgame markedly different after Monteith's tragic passing.
After months of heartbreaking curiosity, 'Glee' finally aired its tribute episode to fallen actor Cory Monteith with last night's tearjerking "The Quarterback." Responses to the Finn farewell episode have proven largely positive across the board, even as the characters glossed over the actual reasoning behind the character's death, but where does the series pick up without one of its star leads? Series creator Ryan Murphy recently spoke out about 'Glee''s future, assuring fans "The Quarterback" will not be forgotten.