STERLING HEIGHTS (CBS Detroit) – If you’ve ever wondered just how real reality TV really is — this might be a clue.
Comically large clock-wearing rapper Flavor Flav is hosting an open casing call for a pilot show to be filmed at his chicken and ribs restaurant, which opened this past winter in Sterling Heights.
Producers are looking for people with funny and outgoing characters and “strong personalities” who will fill in as customers witnessing or participating in scenes with Flav and eatery staffers — and acting experience is a plus.
The program’s general plot centers on the interaction between Flav and his partners in the Shelby Township firm that designed and operates the restaurant.
From there, scripted hijinks will ensue.
“It’s going to deal with the everyday stuff with Flavor Flav involved with the owners and higher-ups and how they deal with him,” said restaurants marketing director Christopher Small, in an interview with the Oakland Press. “You never know what he’s going to say or do when he’s in the building and that’s where the fun is.”
So, if the shenanigans and mishaps are, for the most part, pre-planned, is it still a lot of fun? Many viewers say yes — but some critics disagree.
This includes the Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond, who said networks should be forced to label reality shows as partially scripted television.
“What they are doing on these shows is taking a kernel of fact and using it to construct a multi-pronged piece of fiction in the guise of truth and actuality,” Richmond told msnbc.com. “This makes for a product that’s not only mislabeled but disingenuous and deceptive.”
Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to come in prior to the filming weekend and fill out an application concerning personality traits.
The shoot will then take place April 12-14 at Flavor Flav’s Chicken and Ribs on 15 Mile Road east of Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights.
The restaurant — which specializes in broasted grilled chicken, smoked ribs, and fixings such as mashed potatoes, collard greens and baked beans — will be open during the filming.