Darren Criss, whose character Blaine was introduced last week on 'Glee' as a mentor to gay student Kurt, who is being bullied in school, has been made a regular cast member on the show, co-creator Ryan Murphy says.
Criss, 23, will continue to appear on 'Glee' during the current second season, including on Tuesday's episode, which will also feature film actress Gwyneth Paltrow as a substitute teacher.
The Hollywood Reporter said that when asked if Criss was to remain a Season 2 regular and would also appear on the next season, Murphy said: "Yes," adding: "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."
The show's production companies have not confirmed or denied whether Blaine, who is also gay, and Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, will become involved romantically.
"I'm more interested in Blaine being a friend and a mentor to Kurt and for the first time having someone in the exact same situation as Kurt," Criss told OnTheRedCarpet.com earlier this month. "At this point in the show most of Kurt's friendships are not as easily relatable as Blaine will be, so that's the coolest part. So we'll see what happens from there."
Last week, Blaine and the glee club at his all-boys school performed a cover of Katy Perry's hit song "Teenage Dream". Columbia Records, which releases soundtracks from the series, said the track scored the highest first-day sales for a "Glee" track, with more than 55,000 downloads.