US comedy Glee will reportedly feature a gay romance in its second season.

Producers of the comedy, which is currently being aired on UK screens, are casting for three more characters, one of whom will be a love interest for gay student Kurt.

Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly: “We just announced we’re doing a nationwide search for the season two cast, and [a love interest for Kurt is] one of the three roles that we’re adding. And we’re going to make them a power couple.

“We’re not going to do the whole hiding in the shadows thing. We’re going to make them popular, and out and proud and glamorous. Like prom king and king. We’re doing the opposite of what’s been done.”

Glee, described as High School Musical for adults, has been praised for its handling of issues such as homosexuality, disability and race. Last week, it was nominated for a GLAAD award.

Murphy also revealed that Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Newton John were being lined up to appear in the show.