Oxygen’s reality competition series the Glee Project will not return for a third season.
A spokesman for the NBCUniversal owned cable network claims that the decision has nothing to do with the sudden passing of Glee star Cory Monteith, explains the Hollywood Reporter. Monteith, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday evening, was an original Glee cast member and a mentor on the Glee Project.
The Hollywood Reporter continues to say that despite a strong desire internally to continue the series, the late renewal for Glee made it too late to turn around a third season of the unscripted competition show.
“The Glee Project will not be returning to Oxygen 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,” Oxygen said in a statement.
The Glee Project featured Glee choreographer Zach Woodlee, casting director Robert Ulrich and vocal coach Nikki Anders. Oxygen originally wanted the project’s winner to receive a major arc on Glee, but the airing patterns did not match up.