Colby Donaldson-hosted Top Shot renewed, casting for its second season

Top Shot, History’s first reality competition series, has been renewed for a second season, I’ve learned, and is now casting. When host and former Survivor cast member Colby Donaldson and I talked prior to the debut of the first season, which is still airing, he told me the production was “hoping we take this thing as long as Survivor has gone on.” I’ve asked History if he will return, but haven’t yet heard back–though I’m sure he will, since he’s really found his way as a host this season.

Casting will take place in mid-Sept., and production is currently scheduled for mid-October to mid-November, according to the application. The production company, Pilgrim Films and Television, is currently casting for competitors. Only one female qualified for the cast on the first season, and in our interview, Colby said they wanted more female applicants for the second season.

Applications are due Aug. 12, and the application [PDF] asks predictable questions about applicants’ skills with weapons, but also has hilarious requirements, including that applicants “must never have been convicted of or have charges pending against him or her for any of the following misdemeanors,” and those include stalking, making terrorist threats, “brandishing a firearm in an angry manner,” “threatening a Public Officer or Employee with violence,” “carrying a firearm while masked to hide your identity,” “transferring guns to criminal street gang members,” “unlawful possession of a machine gun,” possession of armor-piercing ammunition,” or “shooting at an aircraft.”

In other words, they want to make sure they cast skilled gun users and enthusiasts, not nutjobs, though a few of those, like stalking and “making terrorist threats,” would probably get you cast on Big Brother immediately.

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