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Revengers helping out with roles

Site takes submissions for contest

If you’re trying to land a role on a television show, and you’d like to be rejected by more than just a handful of casting directors, there’s an Internet site for you. The Revengers, a proposed half-hour comedy about a group of women who fight against petty annoyances, has put its casting process in the hands of Internet visitors.

Hopeful actors submit (multiple) pictures to the stylish and simple site. Those photos are then voted on by site visitors in style. The submissions will be winnowed to 10 winners of the popular vote who will be brought to New York for auditions. The audition process itself is supposed to become a reality show of its own — think “The Making Of…” except it’s released before the final product.

The site also encourages show idea submissions, which are also available for voting.

Will this result in the next Seinfeld? Doubtful; who would have picked that cast by headshot alone? Even the most novel gimmick doesn’t guarantee a watchable show. However, this is the type of communication between showrunners and audience that Internet proponents have been predicting for years, and could be the chance for millions of critical couch potatoes to prove that they can in fact do better than the studio pros. The Internet voting process for The Revengers will finish September 15, 2003.

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