'Glee' nabs 13-episode order at Fox


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

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

"I've had one of the best experiences of my career with Ryan Murphy doing (FX's) '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 feels like a show for the times."

"Glee" centers on Will (Matthew Morrison), a Spanish teacher at an Ohio high school who takes 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"; Ron Moore's sci-fi pilot "Virtuality"; or the Wilmer Valderrama starrer "Ernesto."

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