Glee will audition, find new cast members, and Fox will that as a mini-reality series

Fox will search for new Glee cast members via an audition process that will be broadcast as “a multi-part special” next fall. In other words, Glee’s casting is becoming a mini-reality series that’s not all that unlike American Idol.

Amateurs or professionals ages 16 and 26 can apply, but the new cast will only be found via the audition process. It’s not clear what kind of roles people will be auditioning for (leading? background?), but Fox announced that 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 in fall 2010 on FOX, and the new cast members will be revealed in the premiere episode.”

Executive producer Ryan Murphy said in a press release, “We launched a nationwide search for talent for our first season with great unexpected results, and Season Two expands that search in an even bigger way. Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. No matter who you are — a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest — you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do. All the roles will be chosen from the video audition process, which is exciting and unprecedented. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television, and the search is on.”

Fox’s reality executive Mike Darnell said, “Just like Glee, there’s never really been an unscripted program like this on television before. The stakes are real, and it’s going to be incredibly compelling to watch the lives of these unknowns transformed before our eyes.”

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