'The Glee Project' Officially Canceled by Oxygen
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
There will not be a third season of The Glee Project. The Oxygen reality competition, which award winners a role on the hit FOX series Glee, has been officially canceled.
The Glee Project hit a wall in season 3 due to the long delay in FOX officially renewing Glee, because without Glee, there's little point in doing The Glee Project. But when FOX reached a deal to renew Glee not just for season 5, but for season 6 as well, there was at least a glimmer of hope.
Now that hope is gone. The Glee Project, which was often an inspiring and highly entertaining series of challenges with guest mentors from Glee itself, will not return.
The announcement added that the decision had nothing to do with the recent passing of Glee star Cory Monteith.
In its first season, The Glee Project crowned two winners, Damian McGinty and Samuel Larsen. McGinty had a recurring role on Glee season 3 as Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan while Larsen was dreadlockied Christian Joe Hart. Larsen return on a recurring basis for season 4.
In addition, the other two finalists for season 1, Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, landing small guest roles. For Newell, the minor role as Wade "Unique" Adams in season 3 expanded to a major recurring role in season 4, and now he's been promoted to a series regular for season 5.
The Glee Project season 2 winner Blake Jenner joined the cast early in season 4 as Ryder Lynn, a dyslexic football star who seemed to be a bit of a Finn 2.0. He has been promoted to a series regular for season 5, despite the fact that this character announced the intention of leaving New Directions in the season 4 finale. Ali Stroker, who was the runner-up to Jenner, also landed a one-episode guest role as Emma's niece.
Though The Glee Project is cancelled, fans can still see contestants Alex Newell and Blake Jenner on Glee season 5 premiering Thursday, September 19 at 9pm on FOX. In addition reruns of Glee will start airing on Oxygen in syndication this fall.
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