Darren Criss Lands ‘Glee’ Series Regular Gig

1:46 PM PST 11/15/2010 by Bryan Alexander

'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy: 'I think there’s a hunger for him and a positive relationship role model. He’ll definitely continue through the year and longer. We just signed a deal with him.'

Riding off of the massive success of his cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” on last week’s episode of Glee, Darren Criss has landed a regular role on the hit Fox show.

According to Columbia, which releases Glee’s soundtracks, Criss’ rendition sold more than 55,000 during its Tuesday release, the highest first-day sales for one of the show’s songs.

Since his head-turning guest star appearance, Criss’ promotion to a series regular has been a strong rumor. Over the weekend, the show’s creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the whispers, telling a web blog that they had “just signed a deal” with Criss.

“Darren has become such a sensation in one week, which I love,” Murphy told afterelton.com  at Saturday’s 39th Gala for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

“I think there’s a hunger for him and a positive relationship role model. He’ll definitely continue through the year and longer. We just signed a deal with him...”

When asked if he was confirming that Criss was to remain a Season 2 regular and would also appear on the next season, Murphy replied: “yes.”

(Contacted by THR, Criss's rep said the deal was not "formal," adding "it appears he will be a series regular.")

Murphy was more mum on whether Criss’ character Blaine would become the boyfriend of Chris Colfer’s Kurt. “That I have not decided. We’re writing it. I want to see what people’s reaction to that is. Part of me thinks he should be the boyfriend, part of me thinks he should just be the mentor. I didn’t want to decide that until we got into sort of the middle of the season. We’re figuring it out now.”

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