Even though “Glee” is currently in its fourth season on Fox, executive producer Ryan Murphy is looking forward to the future … especially when it comes to a potential end date for the show down the road. While there’s little question that we are looking at a pop-culture phenomenon that has broken records in the world of music, you also have to remember that this is a show that has slowly and surely declined in the ratings every since it first premiered back in 2009. The good news? The DVR numbers are still great, and the survival of the show here on out will likely just depend on how much stock Fox puts in them.
For Murphy, he tells The Hollywood Reporter that he really could see the show, despite it really being about young people and high school, going all the way to an eighth season:
“So I feel like we finally figured out how to make it work, and I think we could get another four years from this show.”
If “Glee” for whatever reason does make it this long, then by the time it ends Rachel (Lea Michele), Quinn (Dianna Agron), and some of the other graduates will have also wrapped up their time in college, and will be starting down whatever sort of road that they want to go along next. In addition to that, we could also see some of the other new students including Marley (Melissa Benoist) wrap things up at the school.
With this being said, we would personally be surprised to see the show lasting beyond a season 7, if for no other reason than that after this time, it starts to get really expensive to pay all of the actors and crew members once raises come into effect. “Glee” may be a very lucrative show thanks to music sales, but it also has a larger cast than almost anything else on network TV.
Just how do you think this show can really last? If you want to check out some first photos from the show’s November 8 return to TV, you can do so over at the link here.