At May Upfronts, it was implied that the final season would be a cut down order when Fox announced that "Glee" would premiere midseason. Then-Fox president Kevin Reilly said, “We’re going to sit down and talk [with co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy] about how to end the show and how many [episodes] that is.”
Last month, actor Matthew Morrison said that the season was cut down. “Next year we’re doing 13 episodes,” Morrison said in an interview with JournalNow.
The comedy was renewed in spring 2013 for Season 5 and Season 6. Season 5 was also shorter than the usual 22 episode season, only airing 20 episodes. The network decided to cut two episodes from the season because of production delays after star Cory Monteith’s death.
After the show’s tribute episode to Monteith, ratings continuously dropped throughout “Glee” Season 5. It looks like the network might be attributing the ratings dip to frequent hiatuses as the 13 episodes of Season 6 will run continuously without reruns.
Ryan Murphy confirmed that there would be a time jump in in the final season in an interview with TV Line, but he also thought there would be an extended Season 6 at the time. There has been no confirmation if the time jump is still planned with the cut episode order, but it would seem that the series still needs the jump to put their characters back in one place. Last season ended with the characters in Los Angeles, New York and Ohio.
“Glee” Season 6 will premiere in winter 2015 on Fox. How do you feel about a shorter final season?