12:39pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's Kevin Reilly: 'Glee' Likely to End After Season 6
Fox has an end in sight for Glee.
After renewing the musical dramedy in April for two additional seasons, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the series will likely wrap after its sixth season.
"I would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons," Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter following his executive session, further clarifying that you should "never say never."
"There's two very clear arcs to get to that end and conclude," he added. "Listen, if we discover a new crop of kids and there's some breakout, who knows? But right now we're thinking about two seasons."
The series will tackle the passing of star Cory Monteith in the third episode of its upcoming fifth season in a tribute that will tackle drug addiction, with proceeds from the show's music sales going to a scholarship fund for kids established in the name of the late actor.
Reilly noted Monteith's passing -- the actor died July 13 of a mixture of drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol -- "does change" the conclusion co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk had crafted for the musical.