CBS’ Wickedly Perfect ends Saturday; The WB’s The Starlet debuts Sunday.

CBS’ Wickedly Perfect ends Saturday; The WB’s The Starlet debuts Sunday.
One talent-related show ends its run this weekend, while another kicks off. A day after Martha Stewart left prison, CBS will end its Martha Stewart-wannabe series Wickedly Perfect.

The two-hour season finale starts at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature the remaining five “perfectionists” taping a TV segment in New York City. The winner gets “six appearances on ‘The Early Show’ on CBS, a development deal for a lifestyle-oriented television show and a publishing deal with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.”

On Sunday, The WB’s new series The Starlet kicks off at 8 p.m. ET, following 10 actresses who “live in the same house and compete against each other for the chance to become 2005’s next big thing.” In other words, it’s Top Model with actors. They’ll be judged by Faye Dunaway, Vivica A. Fox, and casting director Joseph Middleton; Robert Wagner’s daughter Katie stands in as host. The winner walks away with a “role on The WB’s hit drama One Tree Hill, a one-year management contract with 3 Arts Entertainment and an overall talent deal with The WB.”

Variety says the series is “serviceable,” while The New York Daily News dissents, saying it is “surprising is how much dignity she [Dunaway] brings to the enterprise,” but says “she’s not enough to make ‘The Starlet’ worth watching on a regular basis.” But the New York Times says it “is not a cynical, malicious Fox show,” while Newsday calls the series “incisive” and says “It’s great theater” and “a dynamic learning experience, for both the contestants and us.”

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