"Glee," the musical comedy that once high ratings high notes for Fox, will be absent from the network's fall schedule and may have its episode order reduced when the show returns for its final run.

Fox has an order for 22 episodes of "Glee," which is scheduled to return at midseason, but Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says that could change. He told reporters on Monday that the network will work with the show's co-creator Ryan Murphy on how best to close out "Glee."

"We need to sit down with (him) on how to end it," Reilly said. "The advantage of airing it later in the season is that it doesn't have to feel the pressure of delivering."

"Glee" was once a big bright spot on the Fox schedule, but Season 5 has suffered from a substantial ratings decline as the show dealt with the stunning death of Cory Monteith and made the transition to New York City-based story lines. Moreover, "Glee" has been plagued by rumors of on-set strife between co-stars Lea Michele and Naya Rivera.

Now, in hindsight, Fox's decision last spring to order two more seasons of "Glee" instead of one may have been a mistake.

"It was really a business decision," Reilly explained "We sat down with Ryan and heard creatively where he it was going. Ryan had a good beat."

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