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Fox announces identities of 'On the Lot's four first round judges


By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/25/2007 

An intergalactic princess and three directors will lend some criticism and advice to the hopefuls competing on On the Lot, Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg's new American Idol-like movie-making reality competition series that will look to find the country's next great filmmaker and award them with a $1 million Dreamworks development deal.

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Fox announced Star Wars trilogy star Carrie Fisher; X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner; longtime actor, producer, director, and writer Gary Marshall; and producer/director John Avnet will all serve as guest judges during the first round of On the Lot.

Fox will premiere On the Lot with two one-hour episodes on Tuesday, May 22 at 9PM ET/PT and Thursday, May 24 at 9PM ET/PT.  During the broadcasts, 50 filmmakers selected from the show's thousands of applicants will travel to Los Angeles, where they'll participate in "Hollywood Boot Camp" and pitch and screen their submissions to Fisher, Ratner, Marshall and Avnet.  While there, the applicants will also partake in a "24-Hour Film Shoot" that will require them to shoot and edit a short film in a 24-hour window and a "one-page, one-hour" film shoot that will give them an hour to shoot a one-page scene with the help of a professional film crew.

Similar to Idol's own "Hollywood Round," On The Lot's "Hollywood Boot Camp" will end with the four guest judges choosing 18 finalists that will move on to the show's first "Film Premiere" episode -- On The Lot's version of Idol's weekly performance shows.  The first films produced by the Top 18 will air on Monday, May 28 at 8PM ET/PT.  Once On The Lot's "Film Premiere" episodes start airing, America will vote for their favorite productions and finalists will be sent home during each week's subsequent "Box Office" results show (On The Lot's version of Idol's weekly results shows).  On the Lot's first "Box Office" results show will air on Tuesday, May 29 at 8PM ET/PT.

Beginning on June 4, On the Lot will air its "Film Premiere" episode in its regular time period of Mondays from 8PM to 9PM ET/PT.  On June 5, the series will air its "Box Office" results show in its regular time slot of Tuesdays from 8PM to 8:30PM ET/PT.

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