This season's edition, premiering Wednesday, September 22 at 8PM ET/PT, will feature fourteen finalists, an increase from the second season's twelve and the first edition's ten. The increased cast size should allow America's Next Top Model, which became the struggling network's break-out hit during last spring's second edition, to have a thirteen-episode season similar to the format that new UPN chief Les Moonves (who's also run fellow Viacom sister network CBS for several years) has grown accustomed to with CBS's hit Survivor reality series.
As in the last two editions, this season's third America's Next Top Model cycle will follow the fourteen young women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes as they live together in a New York apartment and vie for a modeling contract. The women will be asked to demonstrate both inner and outer beauty as they learn to master complicated cat walks, intense physical fitness, fashion photo shoots and perfect publicity skills.
Banks will once again lead this season's judging panel, which will also feature returning judges Janice Dickinson, the self-described "world’s first supermodel," and photographer Nigel Barker. Last season's fourth judging regular, Eric Nicholson, a senior fashion editor of Jane magazine, has been replaced by stylist Nolé Marin. Additional special guest judges may also join the panel on a weekly basis.
America's Next Top Model is executive producered by Ken Mok (Making the Band) and Tyra Banks. The "dramality" series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. America's Next Top Model is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions.