Style network casts for “JAP Squad.”

Style network casts for “JAP Squad.”
One way to ensure your casting call gets plenty of press: give your show an inflammatory, anti-Semitic working title. An exec at E!’s sister network Style sent an e.mail message searching for cast members for a new Queer Eye-like show. According to the New York Post, the message read:

We’re casting a show in N.Y., filmed in N.Y., called ‘JAP Squad.’ … I know, it’s an awful name. [But] I need girls who know where to go in NYC for the best deals, who know the nail salons, the bakeries, the spas, the nice places, too. If you know people who might be interested, can you please forward them to me?

That acronym refers to “Jewish American Princesses,” as the Post helpfully points out. An E! spokesperson confirmed the show but said that won’t be its name: “Style is developing a pilot–that’s not the title. We’re looking to cast a broad range of style-conscious women.”

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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.