There’s just been a huge scheduling switch up for Glee Season 5. Huge. We’re talking changes to the return date, air time, day of week...everything. After December 5’s Christmas episode, Glee will only be off the air until Tuesday, February 25. You read that right: The show is switching back from Thursday to Tuesday nights, and it will once again air at 8 p.m.
Did you catch all that? Because it’s a lot different from what we were expecting. Fox’s original plan, announced back in May, was to have Glee on a break throughout the entire mid-season. The new drama Rake would take over its timeslot, and Glee wouldn’t return with Season 5, Episode 9 until sometime spring 2014, likely mid-April.
We were already super depressed at the thought of going without Glee for so long. With this new schedule, we only have to wait about 2 1/2 months instead of 4 1/2.
Glee used to air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., but made the switch to Thursdays at 9 p.m. at the start of Season 4. Ratings for the show have fallen in those years, so it’s very possible that Fox is hoping that a return to the earlier day and hour might just bring back some of those missing viewers.
Fox’s press release says we can expect “all-new episodes for the remainder of the season,” which certainly sounds like there will be no more hiatuses for Episodes 8-22.
This scheduling switch up is pretty huge, but we’re more than happy with all of the changes. Glee is coming back earlier, and there is nothing wrong with that. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go rearrange our entire social schedule just to make sure we can have Tuesday evenings free!