FOX Chairman Explains Glee’s Short Season 6: “We Want to Go Out in a Way That Celebrates It”
A few months ago, when we first learned Glee’s sixth and final season was being held until midseason (almost certainly reducing the episode count in the process) we were pretty devastated. How could FOX do this to us fans and to a show that had been so successful for so long?
Don’t be mistaken, we’re still a little bitter, but eventually we realized the FOX bigwigs likely had good reason to shorten Glee’s run. After all, the show has had several superfluous storylines throughout the years (Tina crushing on Blaine?! Ugh) so maybe fewer episodes will help keep it on track in its last run.
New FOX Chairman and CEO Peter Rice reflected on Glee’s shortened run at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on July 20; it’s clear that despite disappointing ratings he still holds the show in high regard and just wants what’s best for it. “I think Glee is one of the great shows in television history...it was so hot and so big," he began (via E! News), adding that the network "assumed it was going to fail" before it premiered in 2009.
"It touched so many hearts and it brought social issues to floor and it burned so hot and so fast," he continued.
Ultimately, Peter and others decided Glee would be best served with an uninterrupted 13-episode final season. “We want to go out in way that celebrates it," he explained. "We thought that a final 13 episodes and compacting it and doing it in a straight run was a better way to finish the show.”
Do you agree with FOX’s approach, or do you think Glee deserved a 22-episode final season? Vote below!