I Want to Play... Or At
Least a Chance to Audition
- August 14
Ok, this is Jason Block and I am throwing a bit of a
temper tantrum in the face of something that may not
seem important to you, but is very important to me.
If you have been hiding under a rock for the last few
months, you know that not one, but two syndicated game
show will be debuting in a month's time..."Merv
Griffin's Crosswords" and "Temptation" (a/k/a The New
Sale of the Century).
So, when I found out the shows were starting to
audition, I jumped at the chance. Yes, I have been on
four game shows...but these shows looked like the
perfect opportunity to get one for the thumb!
But when I called both West Coast Production Offices, I
basically got the same speech.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: We would love to have you come and
ME: Great, are you having auditions on the East Coast or
in the New York Area?
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: No, but we are having auditions
ME: But, I can't make it out there....
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Sorry, but that's what we are
doing at this time...
ME: Thank you. (hangs up in disappointment).
In my opinion, this is why game shows fail. I know a lot
of smart people on the west coast...and I am not
knocking them at all. But if you only get a certain
demographic, you may not get people to watch the show.
Look at Jeopardy! In the last year or so, they have
recently started an online component to their testing
process. Thousands of people who never could get to
California got a shot to test for their favorite show.
And it has worked.
Even the newer shows should visit maybe two or three
cities before production starts to get people within the
contestant pool. It just seem short sighted to me when
two shows that want to succeed only want to audition
people in the LA California area instead of looking for
people all across the United States.
This column started out as a personal rant, but in the
long run...the whole United States should get a shot to
audition...not just people within driving distance of
the production company.
I, along with a lot of other people, am willing to wait
patiently for my turn....anyone here want to let us
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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