Fox has decided not to move ahead with a reality series that would have chronicled a nationwide casting call to fill three new ‘Glee‘ roles.
As announced back in January, the MySpace-based casting call was conceived to find three new series regulars to play a boyfriend for Kurt (played by the Emmy nom-worthy Chris Colfer), a male version of Mercedes (Amber Riley), and a fundamentalist Christian female (see related story). That process was to be captured on video, then edited together as a sort of “Road to ‘Glee’” reality miniseries that would air prior to the premiere of Season 2.
But ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy instead wants to focus his team’s energies on the Fox hit itself, New York Magazine reports. As such, the reality concept has been scrapped, though the nationwide casting call still will result in on-camera gigs for a few lucky people – if only for a single episode.
In turn, ‘Glee’ presumably will fill the three aformentioned series regular roles via conventional casting methods.
For similar reasons – to focus on the TV product at hand – Murphy has squelched talk that some sort of ‘Glee’ feature film trilogy is in the works. That rumor was born of a recently unearthed contract clause indicating that ‘Glee’s main players were signed for as many as three features.
Does this news bring glee to you, ‘Glee’ fans? Are you relieved to see the producers place a priority on their primary product?