12 October 2008
By Terry Morrow
This and that from a TV critic's notebook:
n HOME WORK. A new behind-the-scenes DIY series will pull back the curtain on renovation projects at seven Knoxville-area homes.
"Renovation Realities," premiering Nov. 13, is being touted by the Knoxville-based cable channel as a new twist on home projects gone awry. According to DIY, "viewers finally get a look at the 'in-between' of a before-and-after program.
"From tempers flying to material not being what they expected to budgets being stretched, five half-hour episodes expose the real speed bumps of doing home improvement projects."
DIY says the series will show a "real-life" perspective on such harried projects and give viewers insight on how to avoid them.
The local homeowners in the series include:
Shelley and Stephen Stockton of Maryville; Jason and Allison Cruze, Knoxville; Tom Gerlach, and friend, Dave Parker, Knoxville: Russ and Ashley Walker, Knoxville; Matt Martin, and his mother, Janice Provost, Knoxville; Bruce Bogartz, and friends, Randy Arnold and Kai J. Chea, Knoxville; and Teri and Tony Lee, Harriman.
The series will debut at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and then switch to its regular time period at 10 p.m. Mondays starting Nov. 17.
n FOR 'REAL'. MTV series "The Real World" is really searching in Knoxville on Tuesday for new cast members.
Casting directors from "The Real World's" upcoming 22 season will hold an open casting call at Electric Cowboy, 109 North Seven Oaks Drive. The auditions are 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Applicants are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves and photographic identification. The recent photo cannot be returned.
You must be between the ages of 18 and 24 to apply.
The show is looking for folks with leadership experience (student government, college resident adviser, job manager, camp counselor), musical ability, seasoned travelers who speak Spanish, lifesaving skills (lifeguard, EMT) and athleticism (particularly water sports).
MTV says that, although those qualities may give applicants an advantage in the casting process, they aren't a requirement.
Can't make it to the casting call? MTV will accept audition tapes by mail. Look at MTV.com for those details.
Also applicants can apply online. The Web address is www.bunim-murray.com.