Fox is taking a fresh tactic with its brand new comedy series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has handed out a 13-episode order for Glee, the new series from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, and has initiated an unusal debut for the show.
While the series will air in the fall, the network has announced that the series' pilot will air this May after an episode of American Idol. The series premiere will air on May 19 at 9 PM ET and then return in the fall.
"An ambitious and unique show such as Glee deserves an ambitious and unique kickoff," said Fox chairman Peter Liguori. "We also wanted to take advantage of the huge American Idol promotional platform to launch the marketing campaign in May."
A complete description of the series has also been announced, which you can see below:
Glee is an uplifting series with biting humor that features a soundtrack of hit music from past to present. The show follows an optimistic high school teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), as he tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school's glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. It's not an easy task when the pitch-imperfect club includes Mercedes (Amber Riley), a forceful diva-in-training; Arty (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist; Kurt (Chris Colfer), a dramatic soprano; Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), a punk rocker; and self-proclaimed "star" Rachel (Lea Michele), a perfectionist firecracker.
McKinley's cruel high school caste system prevents the glee club from flourishing, so Will recruits Finn (Cory Monteith), the quarterback with movie star looks, to join the group even though he wants to protect his reputation with his holier-than-thou girlfriend, Quinn (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant teammate, Puck (Mark Salling). With harsh criticism from everyone, including Will's tough-as-nails wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and McKinley's egotistical cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), he is determined to prove them all wrong and lead the glee club to the greatest competition of them all: Nationals.