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Fox Spinning Off ‘Glee’ Into a Reality Special

Multipart event will hunt for three new cast members. As expected, the show’s been renewed for a second season

Not only is Fox bringing back "Glee" for a second season. Now the network is turning the series into a reality show.

The network Monday confirmed the show’s renewal, which had been expected. It also said it will hold a national casting call to fill slots for three new roles on the show — and tape said process for a "multipart special" that will air prior to the show’s return in the fall.

In other words, fans of "Glee" now have a shot to be on "Glee."

It’s a pretty smart move, given how much "Glee" has tapped into the same underdog vibe that’s always been the key to "American Idol’s" success. Plus, it gives Fox a whole new marketing hook to hype the show.

“It’s amazing to look back at the audition tapes of those (‘Glee’) stars as they were being discovered,” said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment for Fox. “Just like ‘Glee, ‘there’s never really been an unscripted program like this on television before. The stakes are real, and it’s going to be incredibly compelling to watch the lives of these unknowns transformed before our eyes.”

The new "Glee" members will be revealed in the first episode of seaon two.