Fox orders second season of ‘Glee’

Network to conduct nationwide casting search as part of special

Fox hasn’t stopped believin’ in “Glee.”

Net confirmed Monday that it would pick up a second season of the series (Daily Variety, Jan. 11) , not a complete surprise, given the frosh drama’s hit status.

But the early pickup will allow the show’s producers to start planning season two now , and will also allow Fox to conduct a nationwide casting search to fill three new roles on the show.

The “Glee” casting competition gets underway in February, and will be produced as a multi-part special to air in late summer , leading to the fall launch of “Glee’s” sophomore season.

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy said the second season competish is in the vein of his initial talent search to find “Glee’s” breakout cast.

“Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs,” Murphy said. “We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television.”

In picking up “Glee” early, Fox Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly called the show “a true and rare gem in television.”

“We couldn’t be more proud of what Ryan Murphy and the ‘Glee’ team have created so far,” Reilly said.

Currently on winter hiatus, “Glee” starts the second half of its inaugural season on Tuesday, April 13 at 9 p.m. Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan co-created the series; 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

Separately, Fox also announced a premiere date for its summer scripted series “Code 58,” from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix.

Show will launch with previews on Wednesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 19 at 8 p.m., before moving to its Monday at 9 p.m. permanent home starting June 7.

“Code 58,” which is still a working title, stars Bradley Whitford as a washed-up cop partnered with a young hotshot played by Colin Hanks.

Fox TV Studios is behind the show; Nix and Mikkel Bondesen are the exec producers.

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