FOX Renews ‘Glee’ for Season 4!

Lea's Best Bikini Looks
See Lea Michele's slew of 2012 swimsuits.
Lea & Cory Hooking Up!
'Glee' stars spend romantic weekend together
Get ready for another round of classroom drama and cover songs, because Glee is coming back for a fourth season this fall!

FOX confirmed the news on Monday, adding that the popular comedies Raising Hope and New Girl will also return for a third and second season, respectively.

The future of Glee, which returns with all-new episodes Tuesday night at 8 PM, has been in question ever since series creator Ryan Murphy gave a controversial interview to The Hollywood Reporter in 2011, in which he revealed that stars Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s characters would graduate at the end of season 3 and, thus, not be back for a fourth season.

“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year,” he said at the time.

The interview quickly created a media firestorm — and, naturally Murphy quickly back-peddled on his statements, going so far as to bring up the idea of a spinoff for the characters. “We were going to do a spin-off where the three of them were going to go on. They all knew what was happening, they all had approved it, they all said they wanted to do it.”

Since then, it has been confirmed that all three actors will be back for season 4. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in January, Monteith said, “Yes, I’ll be back. I’m very excited.”

Added Michele: “Ryan has come up with a brilliant, ground-breaking idea for how to include us graduating high school seniors into next season and it’s really exciting. We don’t want to give away the new formula but I’m excited and Cory is so excited to be coming back next year. When we heard Ryan’s plan, it really made us even more thrilled.”

Colfer also confirmed to The Insider that he will be back as well.

“I’m very excited. A lot of people are sad there won’t be a spinoff but I think they’re going to be very very excited to find out what’s in store – I’m very excited by it. Ryan’s idea is kind of revolutionary. It’s the best of both worlds. Everyone is going to like it,” he said in January.

And with that, everyone can now breath a heavy sigh of relief!

Everyone can also check out these super-hot photos of Lea and Cory while on vacation over the weekend in Cabo. Click through our gallery below!

Tags: Glee