The upcoming Oxygen reality series The Glee Project is a singing competition with a scripted payoff: after a series of on-screen auditions, the winner of the show will get a role of some sort on Glee itself. It's not a bad idea, particularly since Gleeks are incredibly dedicated and may tune in to get their first look at a new character, and hear some musical theater performances along the way. In fact, this concept has so much potential, we'd like to see these other shows follow its lead:
10. The Zombie Project (The Walking Dead)
Forget all those reality shows that only cast for attractive folks. Here, the more horrifying and disgusting you can look, the better. Ability to dodge bullets, crawl across the ground and deal with disgusting props required to win.
9. The Merlotte's Project (True Blood)
Waitresses come and go on that show like the weather (actually, the weather is more consistent), so let's find some new wannabe servers who don't mind if they end up either as werewolf bait or being turned into a vampire. Ability to balance trays while wielding stakes is a necessary skill.
8. The Harlan Project (Justified)
Think you have what it takes as an actor to portray the most next most disturbing criminal that Harlan County has ever seen? Audition here. If you can convey a hatred for children and the willingness to destroy their lives for fame or profit, you'll probably make it to the finals. Cowboy hats are optional.
7. The Vegas Project (CSI)
No Laurence Fishburne, no problem. Here, random celebs from days of yore would compete to earn a spot on this insanely popular procedural. The actors will be judged on their ability to convincingly deliver scientific jargon and on their intense stares.
6. The Intersect Project (Chuck)
If the Intersect can go in Morgan's brain, apparently there are no standards. So let the nerdy actors of the world have their day. Rustle them all up at Comic-Con, put them on a competition show together and whoever can quote the most lines of dialogue from Tron (the original) can win the chance to be the next Intersect on Chuck.
5. The Penny Can Project (Cougar Town)
Bobby now has a place to live that isn't on a boat, and he's got a somewhat respectable job as a golf pro, so why is he still single? Let's round up some ladies of various ages who have what it takes to win the heart of Bobby Cobb. Audition rounds will include drinking wine without passing out and a good aim for Penny Can.
4. The Manhattan Project (Gossip Girl)
Jenny and Vanessa are gone, and while we're thrilled about that, we're also a little worried that the show is going to be lacking without someone so annoying that you want to punch them straight in the face. In this project, casting directors would be tasked with finding someone who can't act, but can still convincingly be a horrible plague upon the Upper East Side. Extreme amounts of eye makeup, unnecessary items of clothing and unbrushed hair is a must have for all contenders.
3. The Mother Project (How I Met Your Mother)
Can we just find someone to be the damned mother already? We're not even picky about her qualities at all. We suppose she needs to be able to hold a yellow umbrella, but after that, we don't care much at this point.
2. The Greendale Project (Community)
The study group is suddenly short a person with Pierce quitting at the end of the season, so let's have auditions for stand-up comics and charming comic actors who want to join TV's smartest sitcom. Obviously, only those with paintball skills need apply. And no, Chang, they probably still won't let you be a party of their gang.
1. The Cuddy Project (House)
Since Lisa Edelstein is gone, someone's going to have to run that mess of a hospital, and it sure can't be any of the incompetent people who already work there. So find a slew of actors and actresses and let viewers vote on who can reign in House (when he returns from parts unknown). Challenges could include: being placed behind plate-glass windows as moving vehicles hurtle towards them, being locked in an office with a masked gunman and being forced to make out with a Hugh Laurie lookalike.
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