Jacob Artist will play Puck’s younger brother, while Dean Geyer will play a love interest for Rachel in New York.
Fox’s Glee has enlisted two new faces for Season 4. Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist will join the musical dramedy as series regulars, the network announced early Monday at the Television Critics Association’s #TCAs12 summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Geyer, whose credits include Australia’s Neighbours, will play Brody Weston, an upperclassman who meets Lea Michele‘s incoming NYADA freshman Rachel in New York.
Artists for his part will play Puck’s (Mark Salling) younger brother who has his sibling’s bad streak and tries out for New Directions but whose attitude could derail his chances of following in his brother’s footsteps.
Producers said at Comic-Con earlier this month that the series would be looking to repopulate the choir room in the wake of Rachel, Finn, Kurt and company’s graduation.
WOW!! i feel absolutely speechless, and so honoured to be joining the undeniably talented team of @GLEEonFOX !! :)—
dean (@geyerdean) July 23, 2012
In addition to his Aussie TV credits, Geyer was a contestant on Australian Idol and previously guest starred on Fox’s short-lived Terra Nova.
Artist, meanwhile, starred on Lifetime’s TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening.
Beyond excited to be joining the cast of the insanely talented @GLEEonFox !!!—
Jacob Artist (@jacobartist) July 23, 2012
Fox president Kevin Reilly is also giving Glee‘s upcoming mini-reboot a big thumbs up, while also managing expectations about how involved some of the core castmembers will be moving forward.
“I’ve read first three scripts and I’m very happy with how seamless [the transition] is,” Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, adding that the show will split its focus between McKinley and NYADA, where Rachel is enrolled as a freshman. “There’s going to be thematic linkages between the two [worlds].”
Although it’s been widely reported that all major Glee stars will be back for Season 4, Reilly acknowledged that several actors will only be around part time. “We have a core [group consisting] of some of the returning characters and some of the new ones that we’ll be servicing every week, and then limited deals with some of the other actors, who will be joining here and there through the season,” he said. “I think it will make for a fun surprise [when they turn up].”
WELL, HERE’S WHAT I THINK:
KEVIN REILLY SHOULD JOIN TWITTER!!! Because if he already did he might had known that every day all gleeks keep talking (I mean tweeting) how badly they all wish that all the original castmembers will be joining GLEE until the very end of the show. I know it’s a bit impossible based on the plot line but Kevin and GLEE producers should understand how incredibly and deeply connected those original cast with their (90% teenagers) fans are now. If they dare to experiment by putting some of those extremely talented original cast (no matter what the reason) I am really afraid that if GLEE had such a season plague this last season (not to mention the low rating lately) then next season would be a mess. Or worse it would be the last season of GLEE, at least the penultimate season because those friggin’ gleeks around the world wouldn’t watch or sing glee songs again just because their favorite – so connected idols were not pretty much in the show, anymore! [I think I am going to write something about this to Kevin, Ryan, Ian and Brad and hopefully they'll read and respond it ]
Glee‘s fourth season premieres in its new night and time slot on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.