Exciting but not shocking news: FOX has renewed Glee for a second season. And they’re looking to fill three new roles in McKinley High’s Glee Club via a nationwide casting search. Per the network’s press release, “Auditions will be open to amateur individuals as well as professionals between the ages of 16-26, and all hopefuls will be able to submit auditions online. Additional details will be announced soon.” We smell a sweet tie-in with American Idol.
This raises a few questions: First, does this mean that we’re going to get to see Quinn and Puck’s baby as a toddler (which is fine, as long as he’s not as annoying as Uncle Jesse’s twins on Full House)? And is Glee going to be one of those high school shows where the cast seems frozen in time (Saved By the Bell) or will they try to keep things more rolling and realistic (Degrassi)?
Most of these actors are already pretty old to be playing teenagers — Corey Monteith (Finn) and Mark Salling (Puck) are both 27, and Lea Michele (Rachel), Dianna Agron (Quinn), and Amber Riley (Mercedes) are 23. Even James Van Der Beek — who allegedly had to shave between takes on The Creek — was only 21 when he started playing Dawson. We’re bordering on OMG-Andrea Zuckerman-is-being-played-by-a-30-year-old-woman territory here.
The remaining nine episodes from the second half of the first season begin airing on April 13. Care to wager any predictions about what we’ll see? We’re banking that it wraps up with an Pillsbury/Schuester wedding — during which Quinn’s water breaks, natch.