Ready for Primetime? HGTV, A&E want gays

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Do you have what it takes to be on TV? You're in luck. Cable producers are trolling Atlanta for local gay parents interested in an A&E reality show and gay-ATL homebuyers for HGTV’s “Property Virgins.” Cineflix Productions, the production company behind the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” has two casting calls out in Atlanta, and both are specifically interested in LGBT subjects for their shows. “I do prefer to see as diverse a population featured on television as possible,” says Michael Barrick, casting director for “Property Virgins.” “People like to watch a show that they can relate with, be it black, white, Asian, inter-racial, gay and straight. If they don't see that representation, they are more likely to change the channel – and that is something as a casting director, that I just don't want to see.” If you’re a gay first-time home buyer, Barrick wants to get to know you. {[email protected]" title="E-mail him your Property Virgins interest"} to receive a questionnaire. Just think: You just might be touring homes with show host Egypt Sherrod (photo) and making her HGTV show as gay and local as sexy John Gidding’s stint here on “Curb Appeal: The Block.” Applicants should have a “buying buddy” in mind to tour the homes with you, and you’ll both need to be available for five non-consecutive business days to do the shoot. The decision could come as quickly as two days after you apply. “Property Virgins” is taping in Atlanta now and continues through November. For A&E, Cineflex is seeking Atlanta same-sex parents for a slightly more ambitious “Family Home” project. If you think you and your kids sparkle on-screen, you could be provided living quarters with other families in an experiment to see if a “family home share” environment provides a greater quality of life for all the families involved. “Splitting household responsibilities with other parents – bills, rent, chores, child rearing, cooking, activities, etc. – would provide a huge relief for some families who are stretched too thin and always pressed for time,” says Serita Wesley, Development Casting Director for the project. “The show is also a great opportunity for dynamic families to show others what is special about them. “Family Home” would take place here in Atlanta, and would interfere as little as possible in the families’ daily lives. The home they are placed in will have more than enough space for everyone to live peacefully, according to the producers. “I am reaching out to same sex families because an American family does not just consist of a Mom, a Dad and 1-2 kids,” Wesley says. “We would love the opportunity to feature a family with same-sex parents on the show. We feel that it will give viewers a glimpse into the day to day parenting of same sex families and how they are no different from heterosexual parents.” Think you and yours have what it takes? {[email protected]" title=" Begin the “Family Home” casting process by e-mail."}


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