PASADENA – “Glee” is now officially too big for just one network. “The Glee Project,” a reality competition that promises the winner a seven-episode arc on the hit Fox show’s season three, will begin airing this summer on Oxygen – a subsidiary network of NBC Universal. As part of the same deal, Oxygen has also acquired the cable rights to earlier “Glee” episodes. Those will kick off with a “Gleekend” marathon Feb. 5, airing popular first- and second-season shows like the Britney Spears and “Rocky Horror” specials. For the “Glee Project,” some 40,000 contestants showed up at auditions in Chicago and Dallas or submitted them through MySpace, said executive producer Michael Davies. The field has been narrowed to 85, said Davies, and they will be assembled in Los Angeles in the next week for “Glee boot camp.” There, the field will be further narrowed, and contestants will be tested to see if they can withstand what Davies called the “very demanding” production process. The only criterion for the winner, said casting director Robert Ulrich, is that he or she must be able to play a high school student. That’s a broad requirement, since some of the regular cast members on… Read full this story
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