The actors actually sang on the soundtrack's formulated hits, like "U + Me = Us (Calculus)" and "Say It (Don't Spray It)," songs penned under chart-topping songwriters/producers Viet Renn (Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync), Dennis Lambert (Natalie Cole), Tony Battaglia and Henry Gross (Mandy Moore), and KNS Productions. Six months later, the members of 2gether were MTV darlings and favorites with the TRL scene. The group released their full-length 2ge+her: Again and the humorous single "The Hardest Thing About Breaking Up (Is Getting Your Stuff Back." Aside from playing dates on Britney Spears' summer tour, MTV also propelled a weekly series about the novelty act in fall 2000.
Unfortunately the new millennium brought tragic news to the 2ge+her camp. Michael Cuccione, who played Jason "Q.T." Knight, passed away from natural causes January 13, 2001, just days after turning 16. A month prior, Cuccione had been battling constant respiratory problems that excelled after a December car accident that left him in the hospital with pneumonia. At age nine, Cuccione was also treated for Hodgkin's disease and it was successfully treated with a bone marrow transplant, however the process left him unable to breathe properly through his lungs. Taping episodes for the MTV spoof show allocated Cuccione to have a portable oxygen machine present. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi