Glee Season 5 Schedule: FOX “Rakes” Next Season Into Two Parts
FOX announced its fall schedule today, May 13, touting the arrival of its new series and the returns of continuing favorites — including America's favorite "high school musical." But Glee Season 5 will have a serious case of narritivus interruptus, taking a months-long hiatus midway through the season.
On a conference call with reporters this morning, FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly talked about the decision to split the season into halves to give new series Rake a chance to launch in Glee's time slot next winter.
"Historically, on Glee, we've split up the order in the past and launched it twice," he explained. "So what we're going to do is come out with a fall season of Glee, put it on hiatus for a little bit, give Rake a tryout, then Glee will be back in the spring — relaunch it with, I think, a creative twist in terms of where we're going with the creative [evolution], and then that will play right into the summer as it's done once before."
In case you're wondering, Rake is a "bold, new legal drama," according to FOX's press release, in which Greg Kinnear plays "Keegan Deane, one of life’s great addicts, a brilliant and frustratingly charming criminal defense attorney, whose chaotic and self-destructive personal life often gets in the way of his professional one." (Translation: Glee it ain't!)
Kevin also talked about the wonky scheduling of Glee's fourth season, due to preemptions from baseball games, X Factor installments, and election coverage.
"Some of the particulars of this year made it really hard, you know, when you factor in the election and everything," he mused. "We will have some baseball preemption once again. We're going to get out a little early with it. X Factor and Glee will get out of the gate two weeks early, I think. So we'll get a run before we get a couple of baseball preemptions … The goal is to be uninterrupted when Glee comes back in [in the spring], playing straight to the summer."
He added that it was important to the network brass to keep Glee from breaking the momentum with preemptions and repeat episodes since those challenge the "bookkeeping" of the audience.
Kevin also mentioned that The X Factor will no longer supersede Glee with two-hour episodes, saying, "That's gonna be clean."
So the good news is that when Glee is on in the 2013-2014 season, it will be on. OK, we can accept the recess period, then.