The smash hit TV musical comedy, GLEE has officially been renewed for a fourth season on the Fox network in the USA announced today.
The show currently averages 8.9 million viewers in the USA, with millions more around the world - but its numbers have fallen seven percent compared to the previous season.
'Glee has continued its success as a genre-defying, global cultural phenomenon,' Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement about the renewal. The show continues to focus on members of the William McKinley High School choir group as they deal with relationships, sexuality and social issues. There was no announcement of the continuation of founding cast members, all of whom are due to graduate from the High School - with rumours flying about possible storylines, cast changes and plot twists.
The phenomenon has not only spawned success for foundation cast members, but newer cast like Darren Criss (Blaine) has been moving into the superstar stratosphere with the singer / actor in high demand from all international territories, offers of hosting the USA's X Factor and so much more.
Chris Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Kurt, says on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio airing in the USA on Bravo, Monday: 'What I love about Kurt the most is that he is himself, despite having his world constantly tell him he should not be who he is. And it takes a lot of strength to be who he is and wear those tight pants.'
The show returns to the air in the USA on Tuesday with an all-new episode, after being on a mid-season hiatus since late February.