The reality competition series will not return for a third season on Oxygen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A spokesman for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network reiterated that the decision has nothing to do with the sudden passing of Glee star Cory Monteith, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel Saturday. Monteith was one of the original Glee stars who served as a mentor on The Glee Project.
[UHQ 5616x3744] Chris Colfer on The Glee Project 2.11, “Glee-ality”
[UHQ 5616x3744] Darren Criss on The Glee Project 2.09, “Romanticality”
[UHQ 5616x3744] Darren Criss on The Glee Project 1.10, “Glee-ality”
[UHQ] Darren Criss on The Glee Project’s casting special and in episode 1.01, “Individuality”
Oxygen wants to clear up reports that its singing and acting competition, “The Glee Project,” has been scrapped.
From what sources with knowledge of the project tell us, the series is simply on hold pending Fox’s decision on whether “Glee” gets another season. That makes sense.
“The Glee Project,” which is executive produced by “Glee” boss Ryan Murphy and executive producer Dante Di Loreto, became a pretty effective way to find new talent for the Fox musical series. “Glee” castmembers guest star each week to help introduce a lesson and mentor the contenders. The winners (and Season 1’s runner-ups) got a multiple-episode guest arc on “Glee,” including Alex Newell, Samuel Larson and Blake Jenner.
The series earned itself a small, but passionate viewership. Season 1 ended with a series high of 1.24 million people. Season 2 had a harder time of it and only attracted .82 million viewers to its finale.
How’s “Glee” doing in the ratings? The most recent episode on March 21 drew a 2.0/5 in the ad-coveted 18-49 demo, which was even with the last week, and 5.9 million total viewers, which was up from the previous week.
Oxygen is not moving forward with a third season of The Glee Project, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Although the cable network declined to comment, sources confirm that a number of factors — not the least of which is that Glee itself hasn’t been renewed yet — contributed to the decision to shelve the reality spin-off.
Ratings also likely played a part. Despite favorable reviews and a passionate following, the series was a modest performer for Oxygen.
Meanwhile, negotiations to bring Glee back for a fifth season continue between Fox and 20th TV.