Glee has been renewed for two more seasons. The musical/comedy show has been confirmed for series five and six after impressing Fox bosses with its ratings in its fourth season.
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture. Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show and I'm absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons," said Fox president Kevin Reilly.
The Following has been renewed for a second season. The serial killer drama - which stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy - has been picked up by Fox thanks to its high ratings for season one.
"From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television and the entire cast is incredible. I'm delighted to have this thrill ride continue on Fox for another season," Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly in a statement.
Fox has also renewed comedies New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope, with Mr. Reilly adding, "These shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience and they will continue to define and grow the Fox comedy brand next season and beyond."
Downton Abbey will return for a fourth season. ITV has commissioned the show - which takes place in the early 20th century - for eight new episodes plus a feature length Christmas special with filming set to begin in February 2013.
"Viewers can look forward to more drama, comedy, love, hatred, jealousy, rivalry, ambition, despair and romance," said Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, the show's makers and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey.
Laura Mackie, Director of Drama at ITV, added, "We're thrilled to welcome back a drama series that has become a much anticipated part of all our lives every autumn and achieved success around the globe."
Gareth and Laura both credit creator Julian Fellowes with Downton Abbey's extraordinary success and revealed the new series will introduce more new characters.
American Horror Story has been renewed for a third series.
The show - created by Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy and featuring Zachary Quinto, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Adam Levine - will return for a new 13-episode season in 2013. "With American Horror Story: Asylum, [executive producers] Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have raised the bar in every way from Murder House. And their original idea -- the notion of doing an anthological series of miniseries with a repertory cast - has proven groundbreaking, wildly successful and will prove to be trendsetting," FX president John Landgraf said in a statement.
Season two Asylum is up 19 per cent in viewers over Murder House.
Zachary recently revealed he was thrilled he decided to return for American Horror Story: Asylum. The star was initially hesitant about returning to the series which this year changed location and characters from a haunted Los Angeles mansion to an institution for the criminally insane in the 1960s, but is delighted Ryan talked him into it. "I was [hesitant]. But once Ryan explained to me what he wanted to do, and we talked about how all of us would play different characters, it became infinitely more appealing to me. I'm so glad I decided to double down," he explained.
After waiting for more than a year after British crime thriller Luther's season two finale aired, fans finally get word about season three - à la YouTube Q&A.
In the clip, the folks behind the show reveal that the hit show will begin filming the season's four episodes this month and that everyone's favorite female killer Alice might return. There's no word yet as to an expected air date, but they assure fans in the clip that "it will be worth the wait."
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School will be back in session for Community cast members this upcoming February.
The NBC series - which looked to be in trouble earlier when the network pulled the series from its original season premiere on October 19 - will return to the small screen on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m., its previous time slot. The show will replace the slot currently occupied by 30 Rock.
Season four will be - unlike previous seasons - thirteen episodes and without series creator Dan Harmon behind the scenes as showrunner. Writers David Guarascio and Moses Port (co-creators of Aliens in America) will instead take Harmon's place.
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The X Factor has been renewed for a third season.
Fox has announced its talent show will run for a third series and judge Simon Cowell - who quit the UK version of the show to set up the American program - insists he is "so proud" of The X Factor and praised the show's fans for all their support.
The music mogul - who sits alongside L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on the panel - said in a statement, "I couldn't be happier about The X Factor already being renewed for another season. I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. I want to thank our incredible sponsors for their support and creativity, and Fox for going out of their way to do everything they can to make this show a success. Most importantly, I have to personally thank our amazing fans for the support and enthusiasm they have given to The X Factor."
Neil Patrick Harris wants How I Met Your Mother to end after the current season.
The comedy returns this month for its eighth season and Neil - who plays Barney Stinson - says he and the rest of the cast are ready for the show to reach its conclusion.
"Our contracts end at [Season] eight, so it's one of those, you know, if they wanna do nine, they're welcome to, but we have a lot of other things [going on]. Cobie has got The Avengers that just made a billion dollars, Jason makes a ton of movies, I'm anxious to move East and Josh is directing and acting in movies as well. So, we all are anxious to move forward," said Neil, who stars alongside Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigan.
Neil also admits the only reason any of the cast will sign up for another series is if it will be incredibly lucrative for them to do so: "I think the only way I think a season nine or any longer would happen would be [if it were] financially right - that's the reality of it. We love the show, we love doing it - eight years is a long time and we're as happy a family as we've ever been."
Seth MacFarlane "never expected" Family Guy to go on for as long as it has.
The creator of the adult animated show - which was cancelled after three seasons in 2002, only to be brought back three years later due to popular demand - is shocked the series has gone on to be a huge success, and he relies on the ratings to dictate if he should continue with it.
"I never expected it to go on for so long. I ponder the end of Family Guy on a regular basis. It's important to know when a show has overstayed its welcome before your audience does. All you can do is look at the ratings. The ratings are still great, so there are still people watching it."
Seth has just made the jump from small screen to big screen with his feature-length directorial debut Ted, in which Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis star opposite a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and he insists cinema work is easier than cartoons. The 38-year-old star - who voices the character Ted and also wrote and produced the comedy movie - told Shortlist magazine, "If anything, I found I had more control. Rather than relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine months, you're relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine minutes."
30 Rock is to end after seven series, it has been confirmed.
The NBC comedy show - which was created by Tina Fey and stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan - was recently recommissioned for another run of 13 episodes, but the network have now confirmed that they will be the last, confirming recent speculation about the show's future.
Despite the news, NBC are hopeful of working with Tina - who loosely based the show on her experiences working on Saturday Night Live' - on other projects.
"I know Tina, Alec and the rest will deliver some of their best work. We think the world of Tina Fey, who is a comic genius, and we hope she'll be a part of the NBC family for years to come," said NBC executive Bob Greenblatt.
30 Rock will draw to a close with a special hour-long season finale.
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