Glee-ful but doubtful Ryan Murphy

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2010
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

Glee stars Cory Monteith and Lea Michele

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy is shocked the musical show has been such a success because he thought TV viewers would struggle to ''get'' the show

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy always thought the programme would flop.

The writer-and-producer is shocked by how popular the musical teen drama show has become since it launched last year, because he was convinced TV viewers would not "get" the concept.

He told Entertainment Weekly: "I never thought the show would even last. I just didn't think people would get it. It truly is a show that fans think is theirs, that they discovered it."

Despite his fears, Ryan is celebrating after learning the show has been signed up for a third series - even though the second set of episodes hasn't been filmed yet.

Kevin Reilly, Fox's entertainment president, said: "Everything about 'Glee' - from the concept to the characters to the marketing - has been innovative and risky, but with series creator Ryan Murphy tapping into the zeitgeist, the risk has paid off with this truly remarkable series.

"Glee has one of the most active, devoted fan bases I've ever seen, and we couldn't be more thrilled to give Gleeks a third season of their favourite show."

Ryan added: "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."

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