Heading into the 2014-15 season, Fox's Glee finds itself in unfamiliar territory: on the bench.
The final season of the musical dramedy from showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was left off the network's schedule, which was released early Monday with a number of new scheduling moves and a deep bench for 2015 -- including Glee.
Since she opened her mouth to sing in the 2009 premiere of Fox's Glee, Lea Michele has been the show's big breakout star. Week after week, her character, Rachel Berry, the Broadway-bound emotional train wreck, delivered effortlessly show-stopping performances in a multitude of genres. As Glee's following mushroomed both in the U.S. and abroad, and its endless soundtrack volumes dominated the charts, Michele's transition into a recording artist seemed inevitable.
Glee co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk knows how the Fox musical will end next season — and it's in line with producers' original idea.
The original concept was for Rachel (Lea Michele) to become a Broadway star and return home to Lima — and Finn (Cory Monteith), who had become a teacher — and settle down, no longer feeling like a Lima loser.
The cast, creators and executives behind Fox's musical sensation Glee gathered at the show's Paramount lot in Hollywood on Monday to raise a glass to the show's 100th episode with a ceremony that was as heartfelt as it was humorous.
20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden opened the afternoon gathering on the show's McKinley High School auditorium set, where the cast, massive crew and select members of the press gathered to mark the rare milestone.