Oxygen has canceled The Glee Projectafter two seasons, The Hollywood Reporterreports.
"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.
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The network had planned to keep The Glee Project
consistent with Glee
's airing pattern, but because the Fox musical wasn't renewed until April, there wasn't enough time to allow for a third season. If The Glee Project
had moved forward, there would've been at least an 18-month wait before Season 3 was broadcast.The Glee Project,
which awarded each season's winner a role on Glee,
provided the launching pad for the careers of Glee
series regulars Alex Newell
and Blake Jenner
. Other Glee Project
contestants, including Samuel Larsen, Damian McGinty
and Lindsay Pearce
, have also appeared on the Fox series, with Larsen still recurring.A spokesperson for NBCUniversal says The Glee Project
's cancellation was in no way related to Saturday's untimely death of Glee
star Cory Monteith
, who served as a mentor on the reality show.