November 17, 2009

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

MTV game show host of Remote Control Ken Ober died at the age of 52. Ober was the host of the series for five seasons on MTV, airing first in 1987. The series helped launched the careers of several notables, including Denis Leary and Adam Sandler. He followed the series as producer of Mind of Mencia for Comedy Central and also as a consulting producer for several episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS. Ober got his start as a stand up comedian on Star Search in 1984 where he was named the Comedian Champion. No cause of death has been identified as yet.

Cartoon Network's Adult Swim brand launched a new website allowing users to create their own custom DVDs made up of Adult Swim programming from shows such as Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken. Fans can mix-and-match up to 110 minutes of programming for a flat rate of $20 per DVD, including shipping. Warner Bros. Archive Collection launched a similar site earlier this year.

Casting Call: FOX is calling all cooks at any level to appear with Chef Gordon Ramsay on Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live airing December 15 at 9p. The network is looking for people who have a passion for cooking but lack certain skills; those who always wanted to work with a professional chef; and fans of cooking shows who watch for inspiration and for recipes to create dishes or entire meals. FOX is looking for couples, families, best friends and individuals. For full information, visit

Casting Call: Oxygen announced a national search for male and female contestants to appear on the second season of Dance Your Ass Off begins later this month. The series wants people who love to dance and are ready to loose weight. Open casting calls and dates include November 21 in Los Angeles; December 5 in Dallas; December 12 in Chicago; and December 18 in New York. For more information and how to apply, visit Dance Your Ass Off is produced by Magical Elves.

Casting Call: A new kids' game show called House of Fun, from the producers of NBC's My Dad is Better Then Your Dad and American Gladiators and set to air on a major cable network, is casting high-energy boys aged 13-15 who live in the Los Angeles area. Participating boys will have fun while playing cool games and winning prize money. Parents, if your son loves adventure and is a little rambunctious at times, send an email to Along with the email include your name, address, phone number, a recent family photo and a brief description of your family and your son. Casting will take place during the next two weeks.

ABC: V, Dancing with the Stars, The Forgotten
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife
CW: 90210, Melrose Place
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: Merry Madagascar, Biggest Loser, The Jay Leno Show