Tweenagers and teens alike will upset this morning, especially if their parents only have Freeview, as it has been officially announced that Sky has poached all forthcoming series of Glee from E4.
The popular comedy-drama (or a karoke massacre of modern-day classic songs depending on your view), following a team of glee singers in America has had ratings highs of more than 2.5 million on E4 this spring. However the channel recently lost out to Sky last month in a bidding war for broadcast rights after Murdoch’s company offered more than double than what C4 were paying for new episodes. This means that you need to be a satellite subscriber and not a free-to-air viewer to watch the next series. Sky has recently announced that it is investing more than £600 million in programmes and acquisitions and will look to bolster Sky Atlantic with new shows as the channel enters its second year.
On the upside though Sky has said that they will be showing the programme just after Fox airs this Autumn. Before now viewers had to wait more than four months after it had been shown in the US for it to be shown on British screens. As well as that, Sky1 will be also launching a UK version of The Glee Project, a talent contest where the winner would be a guest-star in the new series.
Inevitably, just like Lost and 24, it seems that Glee will be dropping out of the national conversation as ratings are normally a lot less on satellite channels. We know that for some people this may be good news.