The TV reality-show machine is again visiting the area in search of talented contestants.
America's Top Model will hold a casting call in Wyncote on Friday (women only), and another in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 18 (men and women).
The Winner Is ..., a new NBC game show, will look for versatile singers in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 15.
As for other upcoming TV opportunties, a little traveling will be needed. A new CBS baking show will host tryouts in New York on Dec. 15, while America's Got Talent's tour won't be closer than Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 15, and Norfolk, Va., Dec. 16, until its New York stop at a date still to be determined.
Many other shows, by the way, are seeking contestants but asking for applications to be submitted electronically or through the mail. For more shows, start with the casting pages at NBC, CBS, ABC or the website of a particular program. (The casting lists for Fox and a couple of production companies seemed to be outdated or malfunctioning this afternoon.)
Some details on five upcoming tryouts:
America's Next Top Model, Wyncote. This open casting call is for young women only, says CW57. (One for guys is possible next year.) "You must be 18 to 27 years of age at the time of application" and "you must be AT OR ABOVE five feet and seven inches (5'7") in height," according to the application.
When and where: 2-5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Barefeet Shoes of Cheltenham, Cedarbrook Plaza, 1000 Easton Rd., Suite 105, Wyncote.
A couple of warnings, according to the CW show: "you may be required to pose and be photographed or videotaped while clothed, partially clothed or naked" and "if selected as a participant, you must be willing to live in a house or loft located at a location and in a city as determined by Producers (the "house") for approximately one and a half months sometime from mid-February through March 2013 with approximately nine to fourteen other strangers, where you will have little or no privacy."
For more, including other ways to apply, go to www.cwtv.com/thecw/topmodel-cycle20-casting. Recommended: Download application, fill it out, and take copy to the open call.
America's Next Top Model, Harrisburg. Add men at least 5-foot-10 to the above contestant guidelines. "Casting directors are looking for females and males, ages 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes," says Harrisburg's WLYH-TV, CW15.
When and where: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton Street, Harrisburg. By the mall's food court. Details: See cwtv.com link above.
The Winner Is ..., Philadelphia. "A groundbreaking primetime game show where you have a chance to win a life-changing cash prize simply by using your voice!" says NBC. ". . . We are searching for individuals and groups who can sing ANY style of music - from country, pop, rock, and hip hop to opera and everything in between!" Open to U.S. residents only.
When and where: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia.
Requirements: 1. "Pick a popular song ready to sing for the casting directors. They will want to hear your best 30 seconds of singing! Must be able to sing a cappella! No instruments please." 2. "Download application form ... and bring it with you to an open call. If you are applying with a group - all members must fill out an application." 3. "Bring a non-returnable current photo of yourself and/or your group."
For more info, including a link to video submissions page, go to www.singinggameshow.com/open-casting-calls.
New CBS cooking show, New York. Mail in a video by Dec. 15 (see ) or attend the open casting call, where "You MUST bring your best signature baked item to be served to the food experts."
When and where: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, Flatotel, 135 W. 52d St., New York, NY.
More info: "1. Pre-register ... (). 2. Download the application form ... and bring it with you to an open call. 3. Bring a current photo of yourself. 4. Bring a photo of your plated baked item (if you have one). 5. Bring your baked item to be plated once you enter the audition room. NOTE: There will not be a kitchen to bake or warm up your dish so come prepared!"
More info: www.cbsbakingshow.com/open-casting-calls.
America's Got Talent. "We're the only show open to any age and any talent. Anyone can audition at these open calls," says NBC. For a list, pre-registration, emailed alerts or instructions to send in a video, go to www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/auditions.