Fox picks up “Glee ” for a second season, show launches online talent search
By Greg Hernandez
‘Glee’ fans – and you ‘Gleeks’ know who you are – can rejoice!
Fox announced on Monday that the musical phenomenon about a high school glee club has been renewed for a second season beginning in fall. But first, the show will return on April 13 for the second half of its first season with the first of nine fresh episodes.
“We loved ‘Glee’ ever since it was a pilot script so it’s been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season,” said Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox. “The show is a true and rare gem in television. We couldn’t be more proud of what Ryan Murphy and the ‘Glee’ team have created so far, and can’t wait to see what they come up with for season two.”
The show has launched the television careers of Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele and provided character actress Jane Lynch with a breakthrough role. The three are nominated for Golden Globe Awards this Sunday and the show is nominated for outstanding comedy series. The cast has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
Other new “Glee” stars include Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz.
Creator Ryan Murphy said Monday that even more young talent will be part of the cast in season two.
“‘Glee’ has always been about finding new, fresh exciting voices,” he said. “Our second season search for young talent will be in the vein of our first season. We launched a nationwide search for talent for our first season with great, unexpected results, and season two expands that search in an even bigger way. Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs.”
Anybody? Apparently yes!
“No matter who you are – a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest – you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do.”
Murphy said that “all” of the roles will be chosen from this video audition process, which is exciting and unprecedented. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television, and the search is on.”
The new cast members will be revealed in the premiere episode in the fall, Fox said Monday.
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