By Lynette Rice
Updated March 05, 2009 at 09:32 AM EST

First, the good news: Fox will give viewers a sneak peek of Glee, the provocative new musical dramedy from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, after an episode of American Idol on May 19. Now the bad news: That’s all we get until fall! Let’s let Fox chairman Peter Ligouri explain: “An ambitious and unique show such as Glee deserves an ambitious and unique kick-off. We also wanted to take advantage of the huge American Idol promotional platform to launch the marketing campaign in May.”

There may have been other motives, too. Rumor has it that Fox was considering whether to give Glee the high-profile time slot behind Idol on Wednesdays this winter, but that spot went to Lie to Me, the we’re-not-trying-to-be-Psych-honest drama that stars Tim Roth. Glee, which is a high-concept series about a teacher who revamps his old high school glee club, may seem a lot riskier than Lie to Me,but it was an immediate favorite among critics at the most recent Television Press Tour in Los Angeles. The drama will now bow in either August or September on a date yet to be determined.

Glee features a soundtrack of oldies and newbies and stars Matthew Morrison (As the World Turns), Jessalyn Gilsig (Nip/Tuck), and Jane Lynch (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby).