And the hits just keep on coming.
Not only did FOX Chairman Kevin Reilly confirm earlier today that Glee’s sixth and final season won’t debut until midseason (likely around January 2015) but now we’re learning that the network isn’t even sure how many episodes Season 6 will have.
The “traditional” episode order for a series is 22, but in today’s television landscape a 22-episode season is actually becoming less common. Glee’s fifth season, for example, which wraps on May 12, will only have 20 episodes. Two installments were trimmed from the order on account of the hiatus the cast and crew took several months ago following Cory Monteith’s (Finn) unexpected death.
Kevin confirmed in a call with several outlets this morning, May 11, that 22 episodes of Glee Season 6 had been ordered, but he hinted that the total number of eps next year would likely change, especially given the midseason start.
“We’re going to sit down and talk [to exec producer Ryan Murphy] about how to end the show and how many [episodes] that is,” Kevin told TVLine. Likely referring to Glee’s abysmal Season 5 ratings, he continued, “The advantage of airing it later in the season is that it doesn’t have to feel the pressure of delivering.”
In other words, by delaying the show’s sixth season premiere until January or thereabouts, FOX execs have given the once hit show less valuable airtime, thus making the ratings less of a concern.
One silver lining to the midseason debut however, is that however many episodes Ryan Murphy and co. decide to produce will almost certainly air without any breaks — goodbye lengthy hiatuses!
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Glee Season 5 airs Tuesday nights on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.