While not quite the no-brainer that renewing "American Idol" would be, it's been clear for weeks that "Glee" is on track to return for a second season. Its ratings are strong, the buzz is huge -- and it hasn't even moved behind "Idol" yet.
What's newsworthy here is that Fox is might greenlight "Glee" up much earlier than usual in the normal network timetable. Most shows don't get the nod for a second season until May, just before upfronts. Every so often, if a show's a big hit, networks might greenlight a second season in February or March.
January pickups of new shows, however, don't happen too often. One big exception came back in 2007, when then-NBC Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly -- looking to claim some Nielsen momentum -- gave a January pickup to its then-hot "Heroes" during the TV Critics Assn. press tour. (Reilly now heads Fox Entertainment).
There'd be plenty of benefits from Fox showing its love for "Glee" earlier than usual.