Oxygen has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed competition series “The Glee Project” for a summer June, 5th debut. The spinoff competition series, which awards one winner a seven episode arc on “Glee,” will return with Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto continuing as executive producers along with series executive producers Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row. “The Glee Project” will air on Oxygen this summer with 14 contenders — two more than season one — additional themes and all new music. Second season casting recently wrapped up, with thousands of hopefuls auditioning online and in a multi-city casting tour. 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 installment of the series.
The Hollywood reporter also reported today that “Glee” Stars Naya Rivera, who plays Santana and Cory Monteith, who plays Finn, will appear as mentors this season. Those are very big gets for the Oxygen show. The question will be, how many episodes will they be in?
The new hopefuls include 24-year-old Ali, who is paralyzed from the chest down; biracial, Jewish and transgendered 21-year-old Tyler; and completely blind singer/songwriter Mario, who is also 24. Wow! Talk about diversity.
I have always respected Glee Producer and EP Ryan Murphy’s constant diversification. Black, white, Gay, Straight, actors with down syndrome — he has casted them all and with regularity. His approach to casting has caught on in Hollywood too. He has given hope to a lot of people who didn’t think they could make it in the TV business because of their weight, sexuality, shortcomings, or race. In that respect, Ryan Murphy is a true change agent and last year he made good on his promise. Four different contestant from ‘The Glee Project,’ appeared in Glee, season three.
Good luck to the next in line.
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