Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Is Walla Walla ready for its close-up?
The community will make its AMC network debut June 6 in an episode of the new talent competition series “Showville.”
Many may remember auditions that took place here for the show earlier this year and the filming that took place in January.
The eight-episode unscripted series has now been scheduled to premiere May 23.
Walla Walla will be the featured community in the third episode. Once the show starts, the series will run Thursdays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
A little “Showville” refresher: The series was created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (known for “Cheerleader Nation” and “Welcome to Sweetie Pies,” among others).
The show focuses in on small-town talent, culminating with featured acts competing for a $10,000 prize. As described in the promotional materials:
“Each week, a one-hour episode of ‘Showville’ touches down in a quintessentially American small town and puts together a talent show in a mere four days.”
Local performers from dancers to comedians tried out at the Gesa Power House Theatre for a chance to be on the show. From there, actor and director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante served as mentors to the finalists.
After two days of coaching, the finalists took to the stage to compete for the prize. The June 6 episode will reveal who won the top prize in Walla Walla. Stay tuned.