The all singing all dancing Glee will come to an end slightly earlier than planned, the forthcoming sixth and final season has been reduced to just 13 episodes to bid the students of William McKinley High School a fond farewell. The series was dealt a huge blow flowing the tragic death of Cory Monteith, his character (Finn Hudson) was given an emotional tribute in the fifth season episode The Quarterback.
Owing to production delays on the recent season, Fox cut the episode count down from 22 to 20 but as the two year pick up was for a total of 44 episodes it was expected that the final season would be a 24 episode run. The decision doesn't come as a complete shock as Glee’s ratings had been on a steady decline, the midseason shift to focus on the New York City cast members did little to improve the situation. The fifth season was also home to the landmark 100th episode which saw numerous faces from the show’s history make guest appearances.
Glee’s final year will skip forward in time and according to Ryan Murphy these last episodes will bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.
"It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that…dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season.… We'll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There's a return of the Jane Lynch-Matt Morrison characters in a big way. It's a really interesting, very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”
I’m not too proud to admit that I got caught up in Glee-mania, those first couple of seasons were impossible to dislike and a breath of fresh air. That being said, the dip in quality and a blatant repeat of old story lines with new characters caused the Glee bubble to burst for me. The good news for Glee fans is that all 13 episodes will be broadcast consecutively, but the bad news is that Glee won’t be back in its traditional September slot but will return early 2015.