'Glee': Kurt's dad, Mike O'Malley, promoted to series regular

mike-omalley-to-glee.jpgLast week's Emmy nomination isn't the only good news for Mike O'Malley. According to reports, he joins the cast of "Glee" as a series regular on Season 2.

That's one of the many tidbits to come out of the Paley Center for Media's July 12 "Inside the Writer's Room" panel featuring "Glee" writers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. The trio spilled the O'Malley beans while confirming and denying rumors about umpteen other cast additions.

O'Malley clocked in five episodes during the first season of "Glee," as Burt Hummel, blue-collar dad to openly gay Kurt. Burt's struggle -- and almost immediate acceptance -- of his son's sexual orientation offered early proof that the comedy is also capable of some serious heart string pulling. His work on the episode "Wheels" earned him an Emmy nod for outstanding guest actor.

So that's it, folks. The O'Malley renaissance is officially upon us. Let's just hope he doesn't forget his modest roots, reporting from the foot of the mighty Aggro Crag.

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