It’s official: Glee is coming back, not only for Season 5, but for Season 6, too. While this is absolutely fantastic news, we’re not going to lie — we just weren’t expecting it at all.
For weeks, we’ve been freaking out over the fate the show. Fox had renewed virtually every other program on its network except Glee. Most everyone on the web was insisting the show wouldn’t be cancelled, but the combination of flagging ratings, a high-profile pregnancy, and lead actor Cory Monteith’s rehab stint all had us very concerned that Fox might just axe the show altogether.
No need to worry, it appears. Not only has Fox decided not to cancel Glee — they’re so confident in the show’s success that they’ve decided to bet on it for two full seasons. Our only question now: Is anybody actually going to watch Glee Season 6?
Don’t get us wrong: We love Glee. It’s the perfect mix of music, comedy and fun — tinged with just the right amount of total ridiculousness. Fans love it. Fans also love to hate it. It seems natural to wonder when this love-to-hate mentality will digress to only hate.
Glee took a big risk with its direction for Season 4, sending off many of the core characters to New York City and bringing in a bunch of unknown underclassmen to replace them in Ohio. The NYC storyline has been well received, but for the most part, audiences just haven’t fallen in love with the new high school characters.
Honestly, we don’t think people will want to watch Jake (Jacob Artist) and his couldn’t-be-blander girlfriend Marley (Melissa Benoist) for another season... much less two. If Glee fully relocated to New York, and brought Blaine (Darren Criss) and Brittany (Heather Morris) along with it, we would absolutely watch. But we don’t think anyone can stomach two more years of Jarley and their boring romance playing out at McKinley High.
On top of that, Glee’s ratings just aren’t what they used to be. The Season 4 premiere was down 23% in its target demo, and 20% overall. To be clear, ratings for the series are still okay, just not nearly as good as they used to be. Renewing for one season makes sense; renewing for two seasons seems like a huge gamble.
Are you on board for watching both Seasons 5 and 6, or are you still on the fence about Glee’s future? Head below and sound off with your thoughts.