Following a season that saw its overall ratings tumble 20 percent among adults 18-49, Fox is looking to men to help boost its Tuesday comedy block and Greg Kinnear to give Glee a break.
On Thursdays, Glee’s fifth season will take a break come midseason when Fox slots Kinnear’s House-like drama Rake, with the Ryan Murphy musical returning in the spring and stretching into the summer as Fox’s schedule transitions to feature more year-round original scripted fare.
9-10 p.m. GLEE (fall)/RAKE (new; midseason)
There’ll be no raining on Rachel Berry’s parade, not for another two years anyway.
In a surprise twist, Fox has renewed Glee for not one but two more seasons.
The pickup ensures that the musical-comedy will be around through Season 6.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Fox president Kevin Reilly credited exec producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto “and the entire Glee team” for delivering “a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show… I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.”
A couple of months ago — before Dan Cathy ruined the greatest meal on earth with his homophobic rhetoric — I ordered a Chick-fil-A #1 combo from a high schooler who looked just like Kurt Hummel. His hair, his voice, his speech patterns. The whole Hummel shebang. In fact, when I was like, “I’m sorry, but has anyone ever told you that you—” he just grinned and finished my sentence with “look like Chris Colfer?” I nodded. The fullback-looking teenage dude who was working the register beside him said, “But like season one Colfer. Not teen heartthrob Colfer.”
I live in rural north Georgia where it’s still kind of brave to be openly gay, or even openly gender atypical, but here was a 16-year-old guy with an angelic voice and slightly effeminate mannerisms and no inclination to mask either one of those things. And why would he? He looks and sounds just like teen heartthrob Chris Colfer.
Weeks later, when I saw the queue of “family values” Christians wrapped around the restaurant twice, I realized that when it comes to Glee, I may have made the terrible mistake of missing its music because of its missteps.