Zachary Jaydon Senior Editor
Gleeks can finally sing it from the rooftops – Glee is coming to Sky1 HD.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
The deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution will bring the third and all future seasons of the singalong smash hit musical comedy to Sky1 HD, exclusively in the Fall.
Glee follows an optimistic teacher as he tries to inspire a group of oddball teenagers to realise their true star potential and restore the school’s show choir, the Glee Club, to its former glory.
It’s notched up awards, chart-topping hits and critical adulation aplenty, and boasts a loyal fan base of “GLEEks,” two Grammy Award nominations, more than 16 million song downloads, the record for the most titles on the Billboard Hot 100 by a non-solo act (overtaking The Beatles), an incredible 19 Emmy® and 11 Golden Globe® nominations, and four Emmy® Awards.
Not only that, but it has celebrity fans galore, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Newton-John, and Kristen Chenoweth all featured in the first two seasons alone.
It gets better – in addition to Glee, Sky has secured the exclusive UK rights to The Glee Project. The ten part reality series will see performers compete for a multi-episode guest-starring role on season three of the hit series under the watchful eye of Glee’s casting director, Robert Ulrich, Glee’s choreographer, Zach Woodlee, and Glee’s vocalist, vocal arranger and songwriter, Nikki Anders.
From over 40,000 entries, and an exhaustive nationwide talent search, The Glee Project uncovers a unique group of artists with both professional and amateur backgrounds all vying for a seven episode guest starring role on Glee. The series will air in the autumn.
Currently in its second season, Glee is a biting musical Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester.comedy that quickly established itself as a pop-culture phenomenon. From season three onwards the show will find a new home in the heart of Sky1 HD’s schedule, allowing Sky customers able to enjoy the show in primetime on Sky1 HD, on-demand via Sky Anytime+ and Sky+, and online through Sky Player. It will also be available in high definition.
Stuart Murphy, Director of Programmes, Sky1 HD, Sky1, 2 and Pick TV commented: “Glee has been nothing short of a phenomenon and we’re thrilled to secure the future of the show for our customers with this life of series deal. It’s the perfect fit for Sky1 and we’re thrilled to be able to build on the success it has already achieved, and we hope our customers will be as chuffed and excited as we all are. This deal is part of a long-term commitment to investing in programming – both originated and acquired – that will continue to deliver the best choice, quality and value to our customers. After me everyone…DON’T STOP BELIEVING.”
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