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The WB is looking for a new fresh
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Enter this series.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Katie Wagner
Judges: Faye Dunaway, Vivica A. Fox, Joseph Middleton
Creator: Mike Fleiss
EP: Scott Einzinger, Josh Etting, Mike Fleiss, Jamie
Kennedy, Ellen Rapoport
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"Chapter 1" - March 6
So I'm a glutton for punishment.
Last summer, NBC tried an acting show called The Next
Action Star. Since we haven't heard anything from any of
the contestants, you can guess how well THAT went. So
the WB will try their own acting show called The
Starlet. I can hardly wait.
We get the notion that women dream up to be a star or an
actress. American Idol may disagree with that, but I
digress. 10 women from around the world will compete for
a shot at a dream come true. They will take classes on
how to show emotions in various genres and then use that
knowledge to perform in screen tests to try to be...The
It sounds like The Next Action Star to me.
We get the judges -
Faye Dunaway - She is, of course, a multi-award winning
actress, and she promises to be tough. "If you lie to
them, you will make them bad."
Joseph Middleton, Casting Director - "No is part of the
business. You have to be able to take it - and either
move on or move out."
Vivica A. Fox - Starlet? No. Actress on a WB Show? Yes.
The winner gets a deal with The WB, a contract with 3
Arts Entertainment, and a career launching role (their
words, not mine) on One Tree Hill. Oooooh, Aaaaah.
Let's now meet the contestants -
Catie (23, Chicago) - She's always wanted to be
an actress since she was a kid - and she wants to work
her tail off - but be nice about it. We'll see how long
Cecile (20, Pretoria, South Africa) - She's
another blonde leggie female who's father is a diplomat.
She has done television before and she's looking to
become a legend.
Andie (19, Havila, CA) - She's a red-headed
comedienne - but she really wants to act. She really,
really does. She's not competing to be a model - she
wants to be an actress. Let's see - a comedienne on a
drama show. She's the first one gone.
Donna - (20, NYC, NY) - She said that it's only
time before she became a legend. She's African-American,
strong-willed, and has the diva-thing set. She is a
model - and can get over the model can't act seriously.
You have that feeling that she and Andie will be
Mercedes (24, L.A., CA) - She wants to be the
next Cate Blanchett or Meryl Streep. Is it me, or does
she look like Sherilyn from the Next Action Star?
Lauren (22, Phoenix, AZ) - She says that it takes
more than acting to be the Starlet - it takes presence -
and she has it. She also loves to be sexy. She's not too
full of herself, is she?
Courtney (20, Ferrysville, OH) - She is a regular
working actress on TV and on stage. Based on her talking
("I wanna be the starlet - I can't express how much to
you"), I have a feeling the working actress part may be
that extra that gets killed in the first 5 minutes of
Neva (21, Rincon, Puerto Rico) - She says that
she wins because the works the hardest and she kills
them - with poison. She's kidding about that... I think.
"I want to work hard at this and win. I'm not here to
make friends, and if that makes me a B!tch, then so be
it." Maybe she's serious about that poison part...
Andria (24, Waco, TX) - She's blonde. She's from
Texas. She's a beauty Pageant Queen. She says that she
is NOT a Barbie Doll who can't act. I'll hold off the
snickering right here.
Michelynne (18, Minneapolis, MN) - She came to
L.A. with a little money and was residing at a hostel.
Her mom gave her money to pursue her dream, adding that
this is the best thing that's ever happened to her.
The ladies are welcomed by Katie Wagner, who welcomes
them to the competition. She tells them that they will
be judged on their Screen Tests - and the panel of
judges have the power to send them home - or to fulfill
their dreams. The reward - a 1 year contract with 3 Arts
Entertainment a talent deal with the WB and a 'career
launching' role on the show One Tree Hill.
The women will be residing at the house of the late
Marilyn Monroe. Donna says that she is determined,
Michelynne says that she has a skin condition, Andria
says that she has the total package, and the women
notice...that there are only 9 beds and 10 women. Kate
clears that up by saying that there is a tenth bed - in
the Diva Suite. Whoever wins the challenge gets to stay
in the suite and learn all their lines in peace and
As for that challenge? They have to play the role of
Rachel Marron (a role made famous by Whitney Houston in
'The Bodyguard') and say the following lines -
Rachel: I'll do what I want, when I want. Besides, I'm
tired of hanging around with a bunch of deadbeats.
Kevin (Said by the panel): One more time and I'm gone.
Rachel: You remember something Farmer - You work here -
you work for me.
Whoever does the best gets the first shot in the Diva
Suite. The women get their scripts - and 15 minutes to
rehearse. You would think that they could learn this in
15 minutes, right?
It's now time for the first test, as the divas meet the
judges for the first time. Andria and Michelynne are
stunned by Faye, who tells them to take it seriously and
really approach this like you want something.
The women say their lines. Michelynne was good, though
she flubbed a line. The other women do ok, but I liked
both Cecile and Donna - a lot. They really put emotion
in it. Mercedes was good as well. On the other hand,
Andie the comedienne sounded like it was the set-up line
for a joke and other women were as lively as a flailed
fish. Then there's Andria, who added her own script into
it, calling Farmer a 'funny little man'. Unless you are
an 'A' level actress, you NEVER change the words of the
script. Remember when I said that Andie would be the
first one gone? Let me change that to Andria, as I
really start to chuckle with the blonde beauty queen
The judges go immediately after Andria, and it looks
like they would cut her already if they could. They
can't yet, but they can pick three people and the Top 3
are Donna, Mercedes and Ceclie. When the women come
back, the judges announce that the winner
is....Mercedes! Not my top choice, but she was good.
"Faye Dunaway just gave me an award. My head was
After the women retire for the evening and get to see
the Diva Suite, we start their early morning training.
The training topic - tapping into your emotion. Coach
Bobby Shaw-Chance, who has taught people such as Drew
Barrymore and Brad Pitt, will be the teacher for the
day. She wants them to go back to their emotional base -
a physical animal place. They play a drum music and they
want them all to be like animals. All of the women were
like animals - except Andria, who just stared and
smiled. Is there any reason why she isn't going to be
toast in 30 minutes?
Bobby tells them to let their heart talk and tells them
to find a sadness in their heart and to let it go.
Michelynne talks about her poor upbringing and she talks
about how she wants to act. She feels in tuned and she
gets the idea. Lauren talks about her ex-boyfriend,
Catie talks about unrequited love, Cecile is talking
about sorrow and Andria is talking about a...happy
place. A Happy place? Wha? Is Andria even on the same
planet as everyone else?
It's time for the challenge, which is to act in a screen
from Smallville with actor Adam Lavorgna from 7th
Heaven. No nepotism here, noooooooooosir. Donna talks
about pain in a different way - if she gets eliminated
now, it would be the biggest tragedy in her life so far.
The role has Lana Lang, who is distraught and who is
looking to Clark for comfort. We see the exact scene
taking place in a cave, and the women are taken to that
same cave. The women are introduced to Adam and Cecile
is excited -but Michelynne is the first person to go.
She is nervous - as she forgets her line. She gets it
done the second time, and she is ok with it. Lauren
feels cried out and she knows that she can do better -
but she couldn't cry. She thinks that she blew it and
curses out at the camera.
We see clips of everyone else and Catie is overjoyed by
doing this, while Mercedes wasn't too thrilled about
what she did. Andria wasn't very convincing, while Andie
says that she nailed it. I think she went over-the-top
and I think it will between her and Andria as the first
person to go bye-bye.
So who goes bye-bye? We'll see as the ladies go over to
the Sound Stage, which is where the judges are. We start
with the individual critiques, with...Neva - Vivica
wanted to see more emotion, Faye says that it has to be
more intense while Joseph liked the look - but not the
acting. Michelynne - Joseph wants to see more drive and
passion, Faye was disappointed (this is not the Paris
Hilton School of acting') and wants more. Andria -
Vivica doesn't want to rip her to shreds, but tells her
to study. Joseph says that you need talent to get into
the business. As she leaves, Faye whispers that he was
this close to telling her to give up. Faye is right, and
I don't see any way that Andria is sticking around.
Mercedes - Joseph says It's the best that he's seen so
far, and a pleased Faye says that she was acting. Donna
- Vivica says that she was crying through the whole
scene - but not to do the whole scene crying. Joseph
says that she has potential but Faye disagrees and they
get into it. Andie - Joseph says that it was too much
community theater, Vivica says that she has to build and
Faye says that it was one of the worst scene that she's
ever seen. Ouch!
Catie - Joseph loved her - but hated her in this one and
says that he will forget this performance. Cecile -
Vivica thought she was beautiful, Joseph says that there
were 5 parts that he thought she could play and Faye
loved her dignity about her. Lauren - Joseph said she
started and ended great - but got lost in the middle.
Courtney - Faye says that crying is not enough, and try
to get something out of it. Courtney gets defensive to
the judges and Vivica calls her on it. Vivica tells her
that there's an arrogance around her and she better
start listening as to what the judges have to say. After
the analysis, Courtney sees the other girls and says
that, 'The judges think that I'm a cocky b!tch!. Well,
if the shoe fits...
Time for the Judges thoughts...Courtney - Joseph wants
her out, but Faye wants to keep her. Catie -
disappointing. Andie - The judges didn't like her
either. Neva - Too shy. Andria - Gorgeous, but not
talented. Donna - Vivica wants to get rid of her, but
Joseph wants to keep her.
Ms. Starlet? Up in 5 - Mercedes, Cecile, Catie
The Starlet's Extra? Up in 5 - Neva, Michelynne, Donna,
Starlet's Coffee Girl? The coffee sucks. Go away -
Courtney, Andie, Andria
The Starlets congregate as Kate tells them all that the
judges have made their decision. The judges agree that
the first person has the look of a Starlet - but not the
talent. Faye to Andria - 'Don't Call Us. We'll Call
You.' So that's the catch phrase, eh? Lame.
But wait - we have another surprise. It won't be one,
but TWO people who will be eliminated this evening. The
second person has been described as a character actor
who needs to listen and it's a difficult profession.
It's courrrr.....wait a sec - it's Andie! Courtney is as
shocked as I am as she is saved, while an squally
shocked Andie says that she thinks her potential wasn't
as important to the judges as her looks. Andria says
that though she didn't become the Starlet, she
persevered and learned things.
My take? I don't think that this is a bad show - but
then again, I said the same thing about the Next Action
Star. Time will tell if this actually will turn out to
be decent - or if this makes the Next Action star look
like it should have been Emmy-nominated.
By the way, I wonder why Chico would give this up for
the Contender. Let's see who produced this. Ahhh...Jamie
Kennedy... and Mike Fleiss - Chico's favorite. Well, now
I know, Chico - you want to stick me with a Fleiss show.
How thoughtful of you. (C-Note: No prob!)
Next week - A...Lesbian scene. This is a Mike Fleiss
show, all right. You suck, Chico. (C-Note: HA HA!) Join
us in 7 days as we see women kissing each other and I'll
probably have a better judgement on the show.