Though “Glee” is already set for another two seasons (at least), Oxygen has officially canceled “The Glee Project.” The reality series that launched the careers of recurring/series regulars Blake Jenner, Alex Newell, Samuel Larsen, and Damian McGinty will not be returning for a third season.
“‘The Glee Project’ will not be returning to Oxygen,” the network announced. “But, we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals. The show had so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling.”
According to a network spokesman, Fox’s “late” renewal of “Glee” didn’t leave time for “The Glee Project” producers to turn around another season of the series in time to produce a winner to appear on “Glee.” That in addtion to being off the air for 18 months became factors in the decision, which has nothing to do with the sudden passing of “Glee” star Cory Monteith, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel Saturday. Monteith served as a mentor on “The Glee Project.”
THR first broke the news.