Fox orders 13 episodes of 'Glee'

Midseason musical comedy is created by Ryan Murphy

Fox has picked up 13 episodes of hourlong musical comedy "Glee" for midseason.

The 20th Television show co-created by Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck") is under consideration for a post-"American Idol" slot.

"I've had one of the best experiences of my career with Ryan Murphy doing 'Nip/Tuck' and we're excited to re-create that experience here," said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who formerly led programming at FX. "The second he pitched us 'Glee,' it was like he had it in his sights yet again. It's got his trademark wicked sense of humor and its heart in the right place and feels like a show for the times."

"Glee" centers on Will (Matthew Morrison), a thirtysomething Spanish teacher at an Ohio high school who has the task of taking over the school's glee club, which has become a haven for outcasts. The project was co-written by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, and developed at the network by Reilly and entertainment chairman Peter Liguori

No word yet on the fate of Fox's other midseason contender, the half-hour comedy "Boldly Going Nowhere," from the group behind "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," or Ron Moore's sci-fi pilot "Virtuality" or the Wilmer Valderrama-starring "Ernesto."

Reilly said decisions about the rest of Fox's slate will be made after the first of the year.
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