By: Maggie Loyal
Word has come down that Fox’s musical dramedy GLEE will be returning for its 6th and final season for a reduced mid-season order of 13 episodes.
The scaled down season comes as little surprise. The fifth season had already taken a cut, down to 20 episodes from 22. Ratings have been steadily falling as well, down to a series low of 1.87 million for the 5th season finale, “The Rachel Berry Project.” The series once reached a high of 26.8 million viewers for an episode that aired after the Superbowl in 2011.
EP and showrunner Ryan Murphy, who just received a number of Emmy nominations for his HBO film “The Normal Heart,” stated that the last season would feature a creative refiguring and likely return to a focus on the original stars of the show – Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison. It wouldn’t be the first time Murphy has attempted to revitalize the flagging show. The fourth season saw a shift from the traditional one-location premise at the high school in Ohio, to a split narrative set half in New York City, featuring characters who had graduated. The change didn’t attract an influx of viewers, however, and ratings continued to slide as new cast members flooded the screen and old ones found themselves tangled in on-and-off set rumors and personal struggles.
“Glee” did a receive an Emmy nomination this year. Paris Barclay was nominated for Outstanding Directing for Comedy Series for “100.”
The final season of “Glee” will likely air in January and is currently scheduled to run for 13 consecutive episodes.