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Fox picks up 'Glee' Season 3 early

May 24, 2010 |  9:38 am

Get those vocal cords warmed up. There's still time to join the "Glee" club. 

Rachel Berry and her musically gifted counterparts are putting in yet another school year over at McKinley High. Before even finishing its freshman season, Fox’s hit show “Glee” received a pick-up through its third season, the network announced Monday. Talk about overachievers.

“In just one year, 'Glee' has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop-culture phenomenon,” said Peter Rice, chairman of entertainment for Fox, in a statement. “We are incredibly proud to have talent like Ryan Murphy and the 'Glee' cast in our Fox family, and we can’t wait to see where Ryan takes the show in Seasons Two and Three.”

Not too surprising for the cultural phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation.  "Glee" is the No. 1 new scripted series among adults ages 18 to 49 and adults ages 18 to 34 and has averaged 9.4-million total viewers. Its highly anticipated return to the Fox lineup earlier this spring drew 13.7-million viewers. The popular franchise has spawned CDs, DVDs, a live "Glee" concert tour … heck, even sheet music.

“Brad, Ian, Dante, the cast and I are all thrilled and honored by the overwhelming support of 'Glee' from Fox, the studio and our amazing fans,” said Ryan Murphy, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, in a statement. “It’s been a whirlwind year – from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week – and yet we all feel like we’ve just begun this amazing musical journey. Having time to plan ahead is wonderful, and we think our GLEEks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in Seasons Two and Three.”

In Tuesday’s episode, which features guest star Idina Menzel,  Rachel (Lea Michele) and the gang take on the music of Lady Gaga after Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) encourages the glee-club members to express themselves using the pop superstar’s music.  The show’s season finale will air June 8.

The sophomore season of "Glee," which already has earned a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award, will kick off in the fall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Fox


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