'Glee' renewed for second season
Series launching nationwide casting call for new characters
Fox has given an early second-season renewal to breakout freshman dramedy "Glee."
The show also is launching a nationwide casting search to fill new roles for season two.
The auditions will start in February and will be open to amateurs and professionals between the ages of 16-26.
"Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs," co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy said. "No matter who you are -- a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest -- you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do."
He noted that all roles will be chosen from the video audition process, making "Glee" "the first interactive musical comedy on television."
The casting search will be chronicled in a multi-part special that will lead up to "Glee's" second season premiere in the fall which will reveal the new cast members.
"We've loved 'Glee' ever since it was a pilot script, so it's been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "The show is a true and rare gem in television."
"Glee," from 20th TV, returns with original episodes Apr. 13.
The show revolves around the members of a high school glee club and their teacher, and stars Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith.
Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan co-created the series with Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serving as executive producers and Brennan as co-executive producer.