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No surprise, Fox gives 'Glee' an early renewal

January 11, 2010 | 10:18 am
Glee_15-group-stage_2018_lyv1 In news sure to make Gleeks around the world shriek in delight, Fox announced the hit show has been officially picked up for a second season.

The network made the "Glee" renewal announcement this morning as part of its Television Critics Assn. media tour presentation.

"We've 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," Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "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."
 
"Glee" was a hot hit this year and recently picked up four Golden Globe nominations for its first season, including best television series, musical or comedy. The show also just took home a People's Choice Award and earned a spot on the American Film Institute's list of the top 10 TV programs of the year.

This is like Christmas when you get the present you’ve been asking for all year, shake the package the night before and still have enough excitement to show for Mom and Dad.

But it gets better. The show is about to go all “American Idol” on us in February, when a search is launched for actors to fill three new roles. Auditions will be open to amateurs as well as professionals between the ages of 16 to 26.

The casting search and process will be chronicled in a multi-part special that will air leading up to the premiere of the series’ second season this fall, when the new cast members will be revealed.

New episodes return on April 13, when the show moves to Tuesdays. Time to brush off these rusty pipes and prepare an audition. “Somebody to Love,” or a mash-up of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Bad Romance”?

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

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