Fox's top-rated musical comedy Glee has scored an early third season pickup, UsMagazine.com has confirmed.
"In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon," Peter Rice, the Fox Networks Group Entertainment Chairman, says of the series, which wraps its first season June 8.
Adds series creator Ryan Murphy: "It's been a whirlwind year — from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week — and yet we all feel like we've just begun this amazing musical journey. We think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we'll have in store for them in seasons two and three."
Chronicling the lives of a group of misfit students at Ohio's fictional McKinley High School, Glee's cast includes theater vet Matthew Morrison and comedian Jane Lynch.
In addition to winning fan raves, Glee — which earned a 2010 Golden Globe — has put Hollywood on notice.
After an all-Madonna episode of the show aired April 20, the Material Girl herself was quick to sing the comedy's praises.
"I thought the Madonna episode of Glee was brilliant on every level. The dialogue and the entire script was genius," the singer told Us exclusively. "The entire cast was amazing. They're all so talented. I especially loved Sue Sylvester [Lynch] and Kurt Hummel's [Chris Colfer] characters. Ryan Murphy did a great job bringing all these elements together."
Glee's next all-new episode, featuring the music of Lady Gaga, airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox. The show's second season will premiere this fall.
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