'Glee' casts a new NYADA student and potential love interest for Kurt

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Romance rarely survives when one half of a couple goes off to college. Kurt ( Chris Colfer) and Blaine ( Darren Criss) have already struggled with this problem in "Glee" season 4. Now, it may get worse for the Klaine relationship -- the show has cast Oliver Kieran-Jones as a NYADA student, a glee-club leader and a potential Kurt love interest.

Kieran-Jones will come onto "Glee" in the second half of season 4 as a recurring character, Deadline.com reports. With Kurt admitted to NYADA and looking for activities to fill his time, of course the school's glee club would be a top choice.

The new "Glee" actor, a British thespian not well-known in the US, will appear intermittently throughout season 4 and has the potential to return as a regular in season 5 of the series. Kieran-Jones' only American role was as Andrew Lesley in four episodes of "Episodes," although the actor has appeared in such British productions as "Midsomer Murders" and "Foyle's War."

The fact that Kurt will already be joining a student activity does indicate that his NYADA acceptance is effective almost immediately -- even though most such acceptance letters only apply to the upcoming academic year. Why Kurt needs to join a glee club (and why there's a glee club at all, for that matter) at a school devoted to singing and dancing is a question that will hopefully be addressed by the end of the season.

What does this mean for the romantic future of Kurt and Blaine? Despite hints that the show's Christmas episode, "Glee, Actually," would bring the two young men back together, this casting seems to point to further bumps in the road to happiness. But is that a good thing or a bad thing.

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