Will ABC’s summer celebrity relative guessing competition Claim to Fame return for season 2? I hope so, because it’s been the big reality TV surprise of the summer for me, providing both entertainment and game play each week.
Thankfully, its production company and network is taking steps toward a new season, though it does not yet have a public greenlight from ABC.
Claim to Fame season 2 is now casting, as commercials during the finale revealed. “If you are related to a celebrity, then apply now,” a Jonas brother says in a voice over.
Reality competitions sometimes start the casting process even before they’ve been officially renewed, and what results from that process can be one signal the network uses in deciding a show’s fate.
How have Claim to Fame season 1’s ratings been?
Another good sign is that, for the week of July 25, ABC cited Claim to Fame twice in a press release about its ratings.
ABC said that the network “delivered 5 of the week’s Top 15 summertime series with Adults 18-49,” including Claim to Fame, and also cited the show contributing to “ABC’s Monday was the highest-rated night of the week in Adults 18-49” in live+7 ratings.
Overnight ratings are practically meaningless now, but in a tough time of year—late summer—its ratings have been steady, though dropping in the last few weeks.
It does not have Bachelorette-level ratings, but its numbers were called “fairly decent for broadcast ratings.” Yay for fairly decent!
What Claim to Fame season 2’s application asks for
The casting application is both interesting and a little worrisome, though I say that only because I’m really enjoying the magic of a season one show, and I can see how some of these questions might attract different kinds of players.
Unlike some reality competition applications, Claim to Fame season 2’s casting form does not specify tentative filming dates. It does, however, ask potential players to sign their rights away, including the standard “claims of misrepresentation or defamation as a result of any editing, placement, context or other use” of casting materials. How fun.
As to the casting question, a few of them seem to prevent and/or ensure another Louise Biles, i.e. a player whose celebrity relative is immediately and completely obvious because they physically resemble each other.
Those questions include:
- Do people ever tell you that you remind them of your famous family member?
- What other similarities do you share with your famous family member (i.e. looks, talent, voice, mannerisms, etc.)?
- How is your personality similar or different from that of your famous relative?
The application also seems to seek out strategic players:
- How competitive are you?
- What would be your strategy to stay in the competition? (i.e. forming alliances, making up a different life backstory, etc.)
- Would you be good at keeping your celebrity connection a secret? Do you have a good poker face?
But I also appreciate the questions that seek players who would have fun playing Claim to Fame:
- Why are you excited to be a part of this show?
- Did you watch Season 1 of Claim to Fame?
- If yes, what did you think? Who did you identify with most? Whose gameplay did you respect and why?
I do hope ABC orders a second season of Claim to Fame, and that this application results in more people like L.C. and Logan, Dominique and Kai, Lark and Pepper—and yes, even Louise, who may have been an easy guess but proved herself to be a fantastic player in challenges, protecting herself from elimination.