Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy and fellow exec producer Dante Di Loreto have signed on to executive produce Oxygen’s reality competition series, The Glee Project, whose prize is a seven-episode guest starring role on the third season of Glee on Fox. The 10-episode Glee Project, which stems from Oxygen’s off-network syndication deal for the hit Fox musical dramedy, is also executive produced by Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row. It premieres in June.
Also at TCA, Oxygen announced it is developing 2 new reality series:
Love Scouts, produced by Target Entertainment, features a sexy entrepreneur who helps twenty-somethings find love in Hollywood.
Dance Complex, a docu-series produced by Studio Lambert, offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the hottest dance studios in LA and the dancers and choreographers that inhabit that unique world. The two join the previously announced Best Ink, a competition series showcasing the most talented tattoo artists.
Glee is going younger and younger in its theme episodes: Madonna, Britney Spears and now Justin Bieber. This may not be a full-blown theme episode like the first two, but according to TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello, Fox is planning a Justin Bieber-centered episode featuring several songs of the tween heartthrob. The episode is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15. It is probably not coincidental that the Justin Bieber feature documentary, Never Say Never, opens on Feb. 11. For now, there are no plans for Bieber to act in the Glee episode. It is not clear if the decision was made after the show’s producers saw his acting debut on the season premiere of CSI.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Sure, 19 Emmy nominations are nice – but Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan realized another significant job perk recently: A pitch from Paul McCartney suggesting that Glee feature some of his songs. “I got a mix tape from Paul McCartney a couple of days ago. I thought I was being punked,“ Murphy said at TCA. “It just sort of came out of the blue, in a package, hand-written: ‘Hi ‘Ryan, I am hoping you would consider some of these songs for Glee. I was gobsmacked. I grew up with that guy.” Ryan added that McCartney admires the show because it supports arts education, which is a draw for many artists hoping to have their songs covered by the Glee cast. “Our show is an ultimate pop culture fan letter to all of those artists,” Ryan said, adding that Glee has also given older generation songs another life through the show. He wants to keep the number of songs to around 5 or 6 each episode, instead of going for the 9 featured in that Madonna theme episode. Read More »