Mole casting begins; production may begin in March

Casting for The Mole 3 has begun, with open calls and interviews scheduled for the beginning of February, and the series may start production as early as March.

The application asks potential players if they are available “for up to approximately six to eight consecutive weeks, beginning sometime in March of 2008,” but follows that with a parenthetical note that “all dates subject to change.” (ABC’s announcement that the series would return mentioned a summer debut.)

Producers are offering three ways to be cast: Four-minute mailed-in videos, due Feb. 8 (they’re only accepting DVDs and mini-DVs; the era of the VHS casting tape seems to be over); open calls; and interviews by appointment. The open calls will be held Feb. 2 in Nashville, Chicago, and New York, and Feb. 10 in Los Angeles, Austin, and Philadelphia. People in those six cities can also set up individual interviews that are separate from the open casting calls.

The application [PDF] itself asks interesting questions, such as, “Have you ever seen The Mole or Celebrity Mole TV series?”, “Would you describe yourself as a fan of the show?” and “Do you own ‘The Mole’ DVDs?” It also wants to know if you’d rather be the actual mole or not, and asks about things such as mental illness, nude photographs, and whether or not you’ve “ever created a website or posted any materials on a website.” In other words, don’t let us be surprised or embarrassed by you once you’ve been cast.

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Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

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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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