The world is full of surprises. This is not one of them. Fox announced today that even before its breakout hit Glee finishes its first season (yes, we’re still in the first season), they’ve picked up the option to have the show on in its third season.

“In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Peter Rice, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Networks Group. “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.”

“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 producr. “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.”

It may seem obvious that Fox would want to keep Glee on the air. However, it isn’t exactly a network that has built itself on forward thinking. In fact, Fox is notorious around these parts for being a network that prematurely cancels quality programming — Arrested Development, Firefly and Dollhouse come to mind. Though, Glee seems to be a different story. The singing, dancing and infectiously energetic show seems to have a mass appeal beyond the geek set. One reason is its ties to pop music. For example, tonight’s brand new episode will feature the music of Lady Gaga.

The first season of Glee ends June 8, with the show returning in the fall to begin season two.


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