A glimpse of 'Glee' for starters

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Fox is scheduling Ryan Murphy's musical series "Glee" for the fall, except for a preview episode that will air in May after "American Idol."

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of "Glee," which most expected to debut this season. It will make its debut at 9 p.m. May 19, then return in the fall.

"An ambitious and unique show such as 'Glee' deserves an ambitious and unique kickoff," Fox chairman Peter Liguori said. "We also wanted to take advantage of the huge 'American Idol' promotional platform to launch the marketing campaign in May."

The unusual move marks the second once-after-"Idol"-then-hold maneuver Fox has announced in a span of 24 hours. On Wednesday, Fox said it would premiere the variety-comedy show "Osbournes: Reloaded" on March 31 after "Idol," then run the rest later in the season. (partialdiff)
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