The WB bumps 'The Starlet' to Sundays as premiere moved to March 6
By Reality TV World staff, 03/02/2005
The WB has announced that The Starlet, its new upcoming Top Model-like reality series in which ten young aspiring actresses will compete to win a prize package that includes representation and a one-year talent deal with The WB, has been moved from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Originally scheduled to premiere Tuesday, March 8 at 9PM ET/ET and air in the place of repeat broadcasts of The WB's One Tree Hill drama, The Starlet will now premiere Sunday, March 6 at 8PM ET/ET, where it will replace the network's long-running Charmed drama until it returns with original episodes on April 10.
Despite the regularly scheduled move to Sundays, The WB will still air an episode of The Starlet in the originally scheduled March 8 time period -- namely the second episode of the series.
Looking to ensure that the series doesn't get lost in a competitive time period that will also include ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and NBC's upcoming The Contender reality series, The WB will also air encore broadcasts of The Starlet's first two episodes on Thursday, March 11 from 8-10PM ET/PT, with regular weekly encores airing in the Thursday 9PM time period for the duration of the show's five week run.
Featuring a concept that evokes images of last summer's lowly rated Next Action Star NBC series, The Starlet will put its aspiring actresses through an "intense Hollywood boot camp" featuring acting classes, live performances, screen tests and brutally honest critiques by three-person judging panel. Headed by Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway (how the mighty have fallen), the panel will also include film actress Vivica A. Fox and famed casting director Joseph Middleton.
Like Action Star, The Starlet will feature representation and an acting role as part of the prize package awarded to its winner -- in this case a one-year management contract with 3 Arts Entertainment and both an overall The WB talent deal and One Tree Hill guest starring role. Similar to NBC's scheduling of the made-for-TV feature film starring Action Star's winners, the One Tree Hill guest appearance will occur in the Hill episode airing the week of Starlet's finale.
Living together in a home once owned by Marilyn Monroe, the contestants will participate in screen tests filmed at renowned Hollywood locations including Los Angeles' old Orpheum Theater, Griffith Park's Bronson Caves, and the Sunset Strip's Comedy Store.
In addition to working with their acting coaches, the young women will also receive help from other guest stars already familiar to The WB viewers, including Jaime Pressly (Jack & Jill) and David Gallagher (7th Heaven).
The aspiring actresses will also get exposed to the perks of stardom, with each episode also featuring the women competing to win special rewards that include attending the film premiere of Ocean's 12 with Days of Our Lives hunk Matt Cedeño, a photo session with sought-after photographer Simon Gluckman, a power dinner with a Hollywood director, and a makeover with top stylists.
Katie Wagner, daughter of actor Robert Wagner, will serve as The Starlet's host.