Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, and Garry Marshall will judge On the Lot’s first round

FOX’s summer Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg reality competition series On the Lot has announced its first-round judges.

The judges are actor and writer Carrie Fisher; director and producer Brett Ratner; actor, writer, producer, and director Garry Marshall; and producer and director Jon Avnet.

Those judges “will select the top 18 finalists” from “a group of 50 applicants, who are sent to Los Angeles to attend a ‘Hollywood Boot Camp,'” Variety reports. “They’ll meet with the four judges and screen their personal submission film; as well as pitch their project; show and edit a short film within 24 hours; and then shoot a one-page scene within an hour.”

They “will serve as judges on the first round,” Variety says, and then others will presumably take their place. A FOX press release that announced the series a year ago said “[j]udges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guest judges, such as directors who are experts in the week’s featured genre.”

Spielberg pulls 4 vets onto ‘Lot’ [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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