It’s official. The Glee Project is coming back for a second season!
Oxygen has been busy casting Season 2 of The Glee project, but waited to announce the show’s official renewal until it was reasonably certain that Glee would be getting a 4th season. The Glee Project prize is a guest role on Glee.
Although FOX hasn’t announced that Glee has been renewed, at last week’s TCA Fox executive panel, the powers that be revealed a “revolutionary” plan for Season 4 that would keep graduating seniors on the show, while still focusing on the kids still in high school. It’s reasonable to assume that all systems are go for a 4th season.
Casting for The Glee project has wrapped up for a summer premiere. And according to Deadline, Season 2 will feature 14 contestants, 2 more than Season 1. Also, there will be “additional themes and all new music.” Plus, co-creator, Ryan 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.”
Season 1 produced 2 winners and 2 runners-up. Winner, Damian McGinty was introduced in episode 4 as Irish exchange student, Rory. Ryan is obviously pleased with his performance, because the Northern Ireland native is currently working on his 10th episode, 3 past the 7 episode arc he was awarded. His co-winner, Samuel Larsen, just hit the Glee set yesterday to begin filming his debut as part of the the big Valentines episode set to air on February 14.
Runner-up Lindsay Pearce played Harmony the uber-ambitous and talented “Gerber Baby”, in Episodes 1 and 8, fulfilling her two episode prize. In her last appearance, as part of a rival glee club performing at sectionals, we learned she was only a sophomore. I would not be surprised to find this talented singer/actress joining the cast in Season 4 as a New Directions newbie. The other runner-up, Alex Newell will get his 2 episode arc later in the season.
“The Glee Project,” which got off to a slow start against the Tonys in June, averaged more than one million total viewers (1.191 MM) linearly over the course of its summer run, according to Nielsen.
The Glee Project was my guilty pleasure last summer. I’m really glad it’s coming back!