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Mike O'Malley Reveals Double Duty Plans for Glee, New Fox Pilot

Burt Hummel fans, rejoice! Mike O’Malley tells me exclusively that there’s no need to worry about the future of Glee‘s greatest dad.

When Deadline reported Wednesday that O’Malley had landed the lead role in Fox’s new pilot Family Album, the web went wild with one pivotal query: What does this mean for Glee‘s Burt Hummel?! Well, fret not because barring another internal disaster, Kurts’s (Chris Colfer) beloved pops is here to stay.

“I hope Burt Hummel doesn’t have another heart attack and die because as part of my deal, I’m guaranteed six episodes of Glee next season,” a dapper O’Malley revealed Saturday night at the Ace Eddie Awards in Beverly Hills.

Six episodes may not sound like much, but in actuality it’s one more than his first season run and just about the same number of times we’ve seen Burt in Season 2 — so not too shabby.

Look for Burt to pop-up in the next two episodes of Glee (the first airing Tuesday, February 22). “My upcoming scenes are with Kurt, and it’s some really great stuff,” he promised. “It’s the further stage of evolution of Burt needing to accept his son as who he is. They have some conversations Burt never thought he would have to have.” Blaine-related, no doubt.

Are you happy Mike O’Malley’s handsome face will continue to show up on Glee from time to time? Looking forward to more emotional Burt fun? Hit the comments with your thoughts!