A few people responded to last week’s post about casting. One reader called himself “Max Powers.”
There is a large difference between game show casting and actual show casting. For a real show you have to find actors who fit into parts, coordinate their look if casting a family, make sure they fit into the feel of the show, and generally deal with production trying to fuck you over and cut costs.
Actually, all of that applies to game and reality shows, except for the family part (hopefully). In some ways, casting unscripted can be even harder, since you can’t give them a script and see how it sounds.
Game shows live and die by their contestants. Howie and Regis can carry the conversation only so much. In the control room, I’ve witnessed countless screaming outbursts from the producers, cursing the casting department and their terrible choices.
Oddly, I don’t recall the producers crediting the casting department for the good contestants…