Oxygen Officially Cancels The Glee Project

glee project top 7 season 2It’s official: Oxygen has decided against ordering a third season of The Glee Project, the reality competition series that fed the Glee mothership with cast members including Blake Jenner, Alex Newell, Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty.

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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 network announced. “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.”

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A source close to the show explained that the decision was made “several weeks ago,” and was in no way related to last weekend’s untimely death of Glee star Cory Monteith (who’d served as a guest mentor for one episode in Season 2).

TVLine reported in April that The Glee Project‘s future was in jeopardy, in part because Fox’s late renewal of Glee didn’t leave Oxygen enough time to get a new installment of The Glee Project up and running — while still being able to deliver a winning cast member in time to coincide with a fifth season of Fox’s high school musical.

The official cancelation news was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter.