Deadline is reporting that the final season of Glee has been reduced to 13 episodes, down from the originally planned 22. The move isn’t entirely unexpected given the show’s behind the scenes drama, absence from the fall schedule for the first time, and the depths ratings sank to during season five.
The big question now is where FOX decides to air the final season of Glee, which is said to be uninterrupted unlike past seasons with scheduled production hiatuses. Given how poorly the show did last season, the most likely candidate would be a Friday slot; it’d minimize damage to other FOX assets and allow a younger-skewing show to go up against older-skewing Friday shows, a break from the heavy competition Glee’s faced in recent seasons.
Should the show avoid a Friday exile, the only logical place for it to air seems to be Tuesdays with New Girl and The Mindy Project, possibly as a replacement for reality series Utopia. Sundays are the home of male-leaning comedies, with the only possible replacement there being comedy The Last Man on Earth; Mondays are for genre dramas, with midseason likely consisting of Gotham and The Following; Wednesdays should be for two-hour American Idol episodes; Thursdays will likely end up being Bones and another drama once Gracepoint concludes its 10-episode run. While Glee collapsed on Tuesdays this past season, it didn’t negatively impact New Girl and The Mindy Project enough to force a cancellation, so in the absence of a new female-friendly drama, it looks like a Tuesday Glee/New Girl/The Mindy Project lineup later this season could happen.
The final season of Glee will premiere midseason on FOX. A concrete premiere date should be released later this year.
Will you be watching the final season of Glee? Where would you like to see the show go over the course of its final 13 episodes? On what night do you think FOX will air the final season?