Darren Criss Joins The Cast Of ‘Glee’

After earning major brownie points headlining an a cappella version of “Teenage Dream” last week on Glee (watch Criss’s solo performance of “Teenage Dream” at the Mint in LA last weekend after the jump), Darren Criss has signed on for at least the remainder of the season.  The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed this news after being quite pleased with the response to Criss’s character.  Murphy told afterelton.com “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.”

Prior to joining Glee, Criss appeared on the short-lived ABC drama Eastwick (crap show).  Other than that, he was relatively unknown.  Criss did, however, perform and help write the Harry Potter Youtube parody, A Very Potter Musical. TGForGlee.

Before everyone gets excited about Blaine (Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) getting together, we must warn you that it’s not a guarantee.  Murphy is still unsure about what direction he’d like to take their relationship in: “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.”