As the first season of “Glee” nears its June 8 season finale, Gleeks will be happy to hear that the show will be around for at least another two seasons. On Monday (May 24), it was announced that Fox has picked up the show for a third season.
Variety reports that the show will be back for more musical filled laughs and drama for the next two years. “Glee” was the highest-rated show of the new season, following a special launch after the “American Idol” finale last May. In the year it’s been on the air, it has garnered critical acclaim and a rabid fanbase.
Ratings continued to thrive in the second half of the season, when the show has aired in the plum post-”Idol” spot. Guest stars have included everyone from Neil Patrick Harris and Olivia Newton-John to Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, and the show has paid homage to Madonna and, in this week’s episode, Lady Gaga .
“I never thought the show would even last,” show creator Ryan Murphy recently said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I just didn’t think people would get it. It truly is a show that the fans think is theirs, that they discovered it.”
Murphy remains wary of backlash in the face of his show’s success. “I told [the kids] at the beginning, ‘When you burn hot, there will always be a moment when they turn on you, and then they’ll come back around. You just have to learn how to navigate it,’ ” he told the magazine. “Now you can feel we’ve gone from sort of America’s squeaky-clean sweetheart to ‘Lea Michele snubs photographer!’ Like, really?”
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