HGTV’s Design Star 4 now casting

Design Star, the HGTV series that looks for a new host for the cable network, is casting for its fourth season, which an announcement says will “[have] a whole new layout.”

Production for the show, which typically airs in the summer, will take place over six weeks between “approximately February 26 – April 30, 2009,” according to the application materials.

They want “expert interior designers, architects, or construction professionals.” Applicants have to be 18 but need “skills, artistry and personality.”

The deadline is January 5.

HGTV’s Design Star [Doron Ofir Casting]

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Verlox from The Quest

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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