TVLine have today announced the final number of episodes which Fox have commissioned to comprise the sixth (and last) season of their musical-comedy-drama Glee. Starring Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and the late Cory Monteith (Rest In Peace), the series has gone from strength to strength since its premiere back in 2009, producing a range of beloved cover versions of classic songs including Don't Stop Believing, Time Warp, Everybody Wants to Rule the World and many, many more.
In spite of its successes, however, Glee did take a remarkable hit over the course of its penultimate season earlier this year, with its ratings dropping to an all-time low on numerous occasions and critical responses to the episodes themselves falling well short of the (admittedly hardly lofty) traditional mark. To say that Monteith's passing didn't have a detrimental effect on the show tonally would be purely dishonest, but with any luck, by reducing the episode count of Season Six to thirteen 45-minute instalments that will air without any mid-season breaks (as opposed to the twenty-two instalments which Fox originally commissioned for both Seasons Five and Six), executive producer Ryan Murphy and his dedicated team of writers can come up with a subtler, emotionally stirring narrative which pays tribute to both the programme's lost legends and its commendably loyal central cast. Keep it On-Screen for more updates on Season Six's production, track-list and returning guest stars.
Glee will take the stage for its tear-jerking final series on Fox and Sky1 in Spring 2015.