FOX has renewed its musical comedy series "Glee" for two more seasons, which will run through 2015.
The show stars the likes of Lea Michele (pictured above), Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss and Jane Lynch, is currently on its fourth season. Season 5 is expected to begin in the fall. FOX announced the renewal in a statement obtained by OTRC.com on Friday, April 19.
The series originally depicted the lives of high school students who sing in a glee club and the current installment also focuses on those who have graduated. Michele's character, Rachel Berry, moved to New York to study music and pursue a Broadway career. The network has not revealed which cast members will return for the new installments. However, Michele Tweeted about the renewal.
"Such great news! Glee will be back for season 5 and 6! I'm so happy!!! Can't wait to see what Rachel will be up to next year! #gleeseason5," she said.
"'Glee' has been a signature series for the studio since its launch four years ago and we couldn't be happier that FOX has ordered two more seasons," Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in FOX's statement.
"From its chart-topping musical numbers to its inventive storytelling and rich, complex characters, 'Glee' rewrote the rules of what network television could be, and we are enormously proud to be the studio behind it," they added.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy said he wants to "thank our loyal audience, whose passion and enthusiasm continue to amaze and inspire us."
"Glee" season 4 newcomers
The current season, which premiered in September 2012, has also featured new cast members, such as Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist and Jacob Artist, while season 3 newcomer Alex Newell, who plays Wade "Unique" Adams, was made a series regular.
Season 4 has also featured top guest stars such as Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker, who will return for an upcoming episode set to air on April 15.
"Glee" has covered song by the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga. In March, the show featured its 500th performance -- a cover of "Shout" by The Isley Brothers.
FOX says music from "Glee," which is released in volumes on iTunes, has broken records. The network says more than 53 million tracks from the show have been downloaded and more than 13 million albums have been sold worldwide.