Thumbs Up! I WANNA BE A SOAP STAR
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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I WANNA BE A SOAP STAR
The Real Deal
Season two of I WANNA BE A SOAP STAR is a slicker, classier, better all-around production than its freshman predecessor.
Unlike season one, when contestants were thrown into sleazy love scenes in the second episode, the challenges are more realistic - working with babies, meeting the media and making a scene work while pretending to drive a car. ("You have to remember to keep your eye on the road," said host Cameron Mathison, ALL MY CHILDREN's Ryan. Seems obvious, but not an easy task for some.) The show moves quickly and contestants are booted when they should be.
The judges - Debbi Morgan (ex-Angie, AMC, et al), AMC Casting Director Judy Blye Wilson and talent manager Michael
Bruno - don't pull any punches. They give clear notes, aren't afraid to tell contestants they "suck," and give the kind of advice that will help the would-be performers long after they leave Prospect Studios.
Sure, it was easy to spot the winner from the third episode, but that didn't make the show any less fun. We're already looking forward to a season three.