By Tim Stack
Updated March 01, 2011 at 10:09 PM EST

Sadly, there’s no new Glee episode tonight, Gleeks. But we do have some reassuring news about series star Mike O’Malley, who plays Kurt’s loving father Burt. The actor has signed on to shoot a pilot for Fox called Family Album, which immediately made fans think that Burt’s days on Glee might be numbered. But O’Malley stresses that he is in no rush to leave the show. “This is one of the best parts I’ve ever had in my life,” says O’Malley. “I don’t want to leave it behind until it’s run its course or the story has run its course.” He adds, “I would not have taken this job, as much as I like Family Album, if they prevented me from continuing as Burt Hummel. I would show up to Glee every day. It’s a really thrilling place to work.” Luckily, both the pilot and Glee have the same network (Fox) and studio (20th Century Fox) behind them, so it’s been fairly easy to figure out O’Malley’s commitments if Album does indeed go to series. Says the actor, “Part of working out this deal was to say that if Family Album gets picked up as a series, I will still be able to do at least six episodes of Glee. That doesn’t mean only six episodes. Only [series co-creator] Ryan Murphy can ultimately tell you where he wants this to go.”

O’Malley’s Burt will pop up in next week’s big Gwyneth Paltrow episode. (He jokes, “People aren’t calling it MY episode?”) He says that fans can expect a follow-up to last week’s storyline of Burt dealing with Kurt potentially becoming more intimate with men. Says O’Malley, “It’s an evolution for Burt too.”

Meanwhile, O’Malley is preparing to shoot the pilot for single-camera comedy Album, in which he stars as a father opposite Notes from the Underbelly‘s Rachael Harris — who plays his wife — and Childrens’ Hospital‘s Rob Huebel, who plays his brother-in-law. “It’s about an American family that’s trying to enjoy one another’s company and feeling the rush of kids growing up, the demands of job, the demands of life and making family memories.”

Photo Credit: Adam Rose/Fox

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