June 25, 2006 11:06 PM by Joe Blackmon
Drama mounts in “Looking for Stars” on Starz Monday, June 26 at 8:50 p.m. (ET/PT) as the competition continues with the final day of the regional auditions for sixteen New York semi-finalists. Host and traveling judge Alan Hunter, along with regional judges Jessica Coen (editor of Gawker.com) and Naamua Delaney (lifestyles reporter for Fox5), will determine and announce the two semi-finalists who will go on to the finals in Los Angeles.
“Looking for Stars,” a Starz original micro-series, chronicles the nationwide search for a star. Thousands of aspiring actors responded to Starz’ national casting call in January and vied for the 300 audition spots for “Looking for Stars.” Every week, wannabe actors are featured in their quest to be selected for a speaking role* in Revolution Studios’ action-adventure film Next starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore. Former MTV VJ Alan Hunter is the host of the show and is joined by two regional industry pros to do the judging in each city. In the finals, Hunter is joined by actor/director Melanie Mayron (“thirtysomething” and The Baby-Sitters Club) and a Revolution Studios executive Brad Sexton.
The semi-finalists competing Monday, June 26 are (alphabetical by last name):
Harvey Benjamin, 52, Long Beach, N.Y.
Shanton Bland, 38, Oberlin, Ohio
Joseph Callari, 44, New York, N.Y.
Chana Carol, 25, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Andrew Cohen, 22, New York, N.Y.
Deanna Dawkins, 18, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dawn DiForio, 32, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Autumn Harris, 21, Wyandotte, Mich.
Kerone Jeanniton, 29, Virginia Beach, Va.
Sean Pritchard, 39, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Steve Russo, 29, New York, N.Y.
Andrea Seman, 24, Astoria, N.Y.
Anatoly Shilman, 24, New York, N.Y.
Sara Taney-Humphreys, 36, Bronxville, N.Y.
Phoenix Tashina Frazier, 24, New York, N.Y.
Stephanie Warren, 24, New York, N.Y.
“Looking for Stars” is SEG’s first foray into original serialized short-form programming and is sponsored by SEG in association with Revolution Studios. The 14-episode micro-series airs on Starz every Monday at 8:50 p.m. (ET/PT) and continues through September. Encore episodes will air on Starz on the Sunday following each original episode and on Starz Edge on the Saturday following each original episode at 8:50 p.m. (ET/PT), plus it will be available to view on Starz On Demand and available for download on the new Vongo service.