Oprah Winfrey open casting calls seeking the Next Big TV Star

Oprah Winfrey is teaming up with reality show super-producer Mark Burnett for a new series on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Mark Burnett Productions has produced such hits as The Apprentice, Survivor, and Shark Tank among many others.

There will be open casting calls in four cities across the country seeking someone with great talent, a great personality, a great sense of humor, and dream to host their own talk show on The Oprah Winfrey Network.

The open casting calls will be held at Kohl's department stores. Here are the dates and locations:

New York Area - June 5, 2010
1900 E. Linden Ave.
Linden, NJ 07036
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Dallas Area - June 12, 2010
4708 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75093
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Los Angeles Area - June 19, 2010
27380 Heather Ridge Rd.
Laguna Niguel, CA. 92677
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Atlanta Area- June 26, 2010
620 W. Crossville Rd.
Roswell, GA. 30075
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The following applies to all of the open casting calls:

At 8:00am wristbands will be distributed, and the casting calls begin at 9:00am. Only the first 500 people are guaranteed to be seen; additional people will be seen only if time allows. Some contestants may be invited to a call-back the following day for an on-camera audition. You must bring a completed application form with you to the open call. Click Here for the application form.

If you are unable to attend one of the open casting calls, you can upload a three minute audition video online. You should submit a three minute video of you selling them on one of five different Talk Show categories. You can focus your talk show on a Traditional Talk Show, Cooking, Interior Design and Fashion, Health and Wellbeing, or a Wildcard - any other topic that you are passionate about - AND would have big ratings!

The original series will feature a “host boot camp” as contestants compete in various challenges relevant to hosting and developing a television show. Challenges will range from booking interviews and researching story ideas, to successfully completing an actual screen test. At the end of the series, the person selected to be the winner will receive a commitment for his or her own show, executive produced by Mark Burnett, and scheduled to premiere on OWN in 2011.

Make very careful to follow the submission guidelines. They do not want logos and brands, or copyrighted music used in your video. They don't want you to include your contact information in the video.

You are allowed to attend an open casting call AND upload an audition video on the website.

You can also help decide who gets their own show. Go to the official Your OWN Show Website frequently to view the audition videos and vote for your favorites.

For all of the details and rules, please visit

Production Companies:

Mark Burnett Productions
640 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
5700 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 120
Los Angeles, CA 90036

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network is a cable channel network and joint venture between Discovery Communications and Harpo.