Work of Art casting for season two after finale gets season-high ratings; Abdi’s show opens

Bravo’s terrific Work of Art: The Next Great Artist is casting for a second season following the conclusion of its first season, which saw Abdi Farah win. The prize included a show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and his exhibition opens tomorrow.

For season two, a brief casting notice on Bravo’s site says they want “an emerging or mid-career artist with a unique, powerful voice” who is a contemporary artist, although the person’s medium doesn’t matter. Interested artists should send contact information to [email protected] There’s no other information, like when the second season might tape.

Meanwhile, Bravo announced that Abdi’s win earned the show its best ratings “across all key demos” (not among total viewers, though?), and said it “was up 21 percent among total viewers and adults 18-49 from the previous week, marking its third consecutive week of gains.” Overall, 1.48 million people watched, 826,000 of whom were 18 to 49. By comparison, Top Chef DC‘s restaurant wars episode, which preceded it, had about 1 million more total viewers.

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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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