Apprentice 3 casting producer says new cast should not “refill old people’s roles.”

Apprentice 3 casting producer says new cast should not “refill old people’s roles.”
A good way to get cast for some reality TV shows such as The Real World is to present yourself as a carbon copy of a cast member from a previous season. Or, better, as a sluttier, drunker version of a previous cast member. But if you want to land a spot at the board room table on The Apprentice 3, you should not be a hick copier salesperson nor a bitchy, self-delusional liar. Casting producer Rob LaPlante tells Entertainment Weekly, “I never want to cast this show to refill old people’s roles. I don’t want to go in there and try to find the new Omarosa or the new Sam or the new Troy.” The show was recently casting at various open casting calls around the country; upcoming dates, if any remain, have yet to be posted.
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Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.