"The Glee Project"

8 p.m. June 12, Oxygen
<br>The "Glee" phenomenon spills over into reality TV with this show in which 12 finalists, culled from 40,000 applicants--as we're told several times, apparently to remind the people behind "Glee" that viewers still care--compete for a seven-episode guest spot on the Fox series. Most of the kids are annoying and play to the cameras, as do the professionals preparing them for their auditions. As for those auditions, viewers only hear the studio versions of the performances, which makes this seem as real as the fantasy that is "Glee." But hey, Gleeks are going to love it, and Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on the show, coaches in the first episode. The two-hour debut night begins with a casting special in which the finalists are notified that leads into the first episode.
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8 p.m. June 12, Oxygen
The "Glee" phenomenon spills over into reality TV with this show in which 12 finalists, culled from 40,000 applicants--as we're told several times, apparently to remind the people behind "Glee" that viewers still care--compete for a seven-episode guest spot on the Fox series. Most of the kids are annoying and play to the cameras, as do the professionals preparing them for their auditions. As for those auditions, viewers only hear the studio versions of the performances, which makes this seem as real as the fantasy that is "Glee." But hey, Gleeks are going to love it, and Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on the show, coaches in the first episode. The two-hour debut night begins with a casting special in which the finalists are notified that leads into the first episode.

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