Oxygen's 'The Glee Project' Canceled, 2013 Season 3: Cory Monteith's Death 'Nothing to Do with Decision' to Stop Reality Competition Show

By Jon Niles, Mstarz reporter | Jul 16, 2013 02:57 PM EDT
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In conjunction with FOX's hit musical show "Glee," Oxygen network held a reality competition series entitled "The Glee Project" for two seasons but has recently cancelled the show. This reality show featured performers hoping to win a guest spot on the hit show "Glee" and was set up to coincide with the airing of the singing show. Unfortunately, a third season of "The Glee Project" would not match up with the next season of the popular show, so Oxygen has discontinued it. Executives has insisted that this cancelation has nothing to do with the recent and untimely death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith, who also appeared on the Oxygen show as a mentor.

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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 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 recent statement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "after ending its first season with a record haul of 1.2 million viewers, The Glee Project was moved to a new night and later time for its second run. When factoring in DVR viewing, the return was up 38 percent compared with the series' premiere but a far cry from the season one finale."

Some "Glee" series regulars that got their start on "The Glee Project" include Alex Newell and Blake Jenner, with Samuel Larsen, Damian McGinty and Lindsay Pearce having smaller roles on the FOX series with the late Cory Monteith.

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