The first round of judges on FOX's summer reality series "On the Lot" include a "Star Wars" star and a trio of blockbuster directors.
FOX announced on Wednesday (April 25) that Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet will be the judges for the opening audition episodes of "On the Lot."
Those initial installments of the Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg-produced filmmaking series will air on Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET. In those episodes, the Top 50 applicants have been culled from the show's 12,000 video submissions. They come to Los Angeles for the obligatory Hollywood Boot Camp. Each contestant will take part in both a 24-hour Short challenge (shoot and edit a short film in one day), as well as a "one-page, one-hour" challenge, which is pretty self-explanatory. The judges will then narrow the field down to the Top 18, who will participate in the season's first Film Premiere episode, airing on Monday, May 28.
The show's eventual winner receives a $1 million DreamWorks development deal.
Fisher is best known as Princess Leia, but FOX's press release wants us also to remember that she's the best-selling author of books including "Postcards From the Edge" and "The Best Awful."
Ratner is the director of FOX's "Prison Break" pilot as well as the Chris Tucker classic "Money Talks." His next film, "Rush Hour 3" opens in August, a fact that's sure to be mentioned.
Marshall's latest, "Georgia Rule," will actually open on May 11, before the "On the Lot" premiere. One of the masterminds of "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley," Marshall has also directed films like "Beaches" and "Pretty Woman."
Avnet directed the upcoming USA miniseries "The Starter Wife," as well as the features "Risky Business" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."
FOX says that judges for future rounds will be announced later.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times