Casting directors will come to Perry on Tuesday in search of small-town singles looking for love to star in Country Music Television’s future reality series focused on dating in small towns in the South.
Perry is the first of eight cities where casting calls are scheduled for early January.
The show hasn’t been titled yet but probably will air late in 2015, said Craig D’Entrone, executive producer of Punched in the Head Productions, which is handling the casting.
“This show is going to be probably more documentary than most shows you’re used to seeing on TV,” D’Entrone said. “We’re looking for people who we can come and film them for a few months in their real lives, in their towns, in their homes as they go about trying to find somebody.”
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Before the casting process, D’Entrone said, he spoke to a lot of people dating in small towns, and he heard some interesting stories.
“(Some people were) running out of options in their town and dating people they never expected to date,” D’Entrone said. “Some people talked about trying to find someone their friends haven’t dated. Also, people told us about break-ups they’ve had where the town is split in half, and half the town is for your ex and half the town is for you. ... We’re looking for stories like that.”
Outgoing single men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 who are living in towns with a population of less than 2,000 are sought primarily.
“Perry is too big for us, but we’re (casting) in places that are central to a lot of small towns, so we’re hoping people who live in small towns around (Perry) can come in for the casting process,” D’Entrone said.
The casting call will be held at Holiday Inn Express located at 1502 Sam Nunn Blvd. from noon until 8 p.m.
Those trying out should expect a five- to 10-minute interview and a follow-up later.
“Be ready to talk about your town, talk about your experiences dating in your town (and) the kind of person that you’re trying to find,” D’Entrone said. “ Also, be ready to talk about some of the interesting, fun or unique experiences of being single in a small town.”
Other cities where casting calls are scheduled include Searcy, Arkansas; Tupelo, Mississippi; Newberry, South Carolina; Boone, North Carolina; and Prattville, Alabama.
Those who wish to try out but can’t make it to the casting call may send an e-mail to CMTsmalltownlovecasting@gmail.com.