I'm getting psyched for "On the Lot," Fox's summer reality series in which filmmakers will compete for the chance at a $1 million development deal with Dreamworks. Fox has chosen its slate of judges, and it's full of Hollywood powerhouses: Garry Marshall, Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner and Jon Avnet (not pictured).
It sounds like they've got all corners of Hollywood covered with these four: Producers, directors, writers and actors, spanning from relatively young (Ratner) to fairly old (Marshall). Between them, the judges have worked on sci fi, chick flicks, and blockbusters, so they've got a wide variety of tastes and experiences. I think the greatest part will be watching them interact: Ratner is a goofball, and Carrie Fisher could turn out to be the nutty Paula Abdul of the bunch. I've seen Garry Marshall speak before, and he seems like a nice man, but I could see him getting mean Simon-style if someone presents a sub-par film.
"On the Lot" will air twice each week, with a format similar to "American Idol." On one show, we'll see the contestants put together films in a variety of genres and get to vote on our favorites; on the other, the filmmaker with the fewest votes will be voted off. The show starts May 22 after the final "Idol" performance show, with 50 finalists getting sent to a rigorous "Hollywood boot camp." Can't wait till then? Check out some of the films submitted to the competition.