You already know the final season of Glee will only be 13 episodes. Now Fox Networks Group Chairman-CEO Peter Rice is going on the record as to why. Naturally the musical dramedy’s ratings are a giant factor — the recent fifth season fell sharply to all-time lows. But when asked about the cutback at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, the executive had something else to add.
“I think Glee is one of the great shows in television history, and it was so hot and so big,” Rice said. “I remember being in this room, and while a lot of people assumed it was going to fail, you guys supported it. And it touched so many hearts and brought social issues to the forefront, and it burned so hot and so fast. But it’s been on for over 100 episodes now in six seasons, and we want to go out in a way that celebrates it. And we thought that finding 13 episodes and compacting it and doing it in a straight run was a better way to finish the show.”
The news comes a couple days after a court ruled that Glee would have to change its name in the UK. Seems the title Glee infringes on a similarly named stand-up comedy chain in the UK. Perhaps Fox could argue that viewers couldn’t possibly confuse the two since the show hasn’t really been funny in years?
Previous from Fox’s TCA day:
— Fox: ‘American Idol’ contestants need to improve
— ‘Bones’ season 11? More ’24’? Fox chief gives odds