"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," said Fox broadcasting president Kevin Reilly 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" creators have also announced that a nationwide search will begin in February for three new cast members for season two. Amateur and professional actors ages 16-26 will be able to upload their own audition videos online for "Glee" casting. Additional details will be available at Fox.com/Glee in the coming months.
Creators of the series plan to document the audition process for a multi-part special that will air as a pre-launch to the second season this fall. The new cast members will be revealed in the premiere episode of the new season.
"'Glee' has always been about finding new fresh exciting voices. Our second season search for young talent will be in the vein of our first season. 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," said executive producer and creator Ryan Murphy in a statement. "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."
The ratings champion, currently on hiatus, will return with all-new episodes April 13 at 9 PM ET. *
Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) stars as Spanish teacher Will Schuester with Spring Awakening's Lea Michele as glee club Broadway baby Rachel Berry and fellow glee club members Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina, Chris Colfer as Kurt, Kevin McHale as Artie, Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson and Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones.
The ensemble cast also includes Jane Lynch as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester, Jayma Mays as teacher Emma Pillsbury, Dianna Agron as cheerleader Quinn and Mark Salling as football player Puck.