Oxygen this morning announced that it has picked up a second season of The Glee Project for a summer premiere. The cable network began casting for Season 2 of the Glee spinoff competition series in September but at the time it stopped short of announcing an official second season renewal of the reality series because its prize is a guest role on Glee and at the time Fox had not picked up the high school dramedy for a fourth season. Five months later, Fox still has not renewed Glee but the network’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly recently spoke enthusiastically about a “cool” next season planned by the show’s creators. A Season 4 pickup for Glee is now considered a formality unless some major ratings calamity happens this spring.
Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto are returning as executive producers of The Glee Project along with Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row. Casting for The Glee Project‘s second season has wrapped up. It will feature 14 contenders, two more than Season 1, as well as additional themes and all new music. Murphy will once again join casting director Robert Ulrich, choreographer and Glee co-producer Zach Woodlee and vocal coach Nikki Anders in the final deliberations of each episode. After a slow start, The Glee Project grew steadily throughout its first season, averaging 1.2 million viewers. Winners Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen each landed seven-episode arcs on Glee, with two more finalists, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell getting two-episode stints on the current season of the Fox dramedy. “The Glee Project is a special show that has tapped into a desire in our culture to watch people go for and achieve their dreams,” said Jason Klarman, President, Oxygen Media.
UPDATED: Oxygen this morning officially announced that it is proceeding with casting for a second season of reality series The Glee Project. Because Glee itself has not been renewed for a fourth season, Oxygen stopped short of announcing an official … Read More »
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At today’s TCA panel on Oxygen’s The Glee Project — the 10-episode documentary/reality program that has resulted in the selection of a new cast member for Fox’s hit show Glee, although the winner has not yet been announced — executive Michael Davies confirmed negotiations for a second season are underway. “Yes, talks have begun, the planning is starting to happen, the budgeting, and how we’re going to do the casting, which is the big thing,” he said. “It hasn’t been officially picked up yet. But having been through this before with shows that have not been picked up, just based on the ratings growth that we’ve seen … I feel incredibly confident that we are coming back, and it’s certainly in my plans for next year.” After a disappointing start, the reality series has been consistently building in the ratings and breaking records for Oxygen in online traffic and social media following.
Davies also said he doesn’t expect the recent Glee controversy involving the fate of some of its principals to have a negative impact on The Glee Project, which is executive produced by Glee co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy, whose comments sparked the controversy. (See Exclusive: ‘Glee’s Ryan Murphy Talks For First Time About Spinoff & Firings Missteps.) Read More »
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 … Read More »