Parents' Guide to

On the Lot

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Competition has lead role in movie reality show.

TV Fox Reality TV 2007
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On the Lot follows the now-familiar format of other talent-based reality show competitions, from America's Next Top Model to Hell's Kitchen. The rules are generally the same: A bunch of talented people, culled for diversity and personality, undergo challenges that sometimes seem next to impossible in hopes of getting their big break. What's novel about this series is that it's produced by Steven Spielberg, and the celebrity judges are well-known experts in the field of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking: director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) and actress Carrie Fisher (other notable names, like director Brett Ratner, rotate in as guest judges). The aspiring filmmakers also have access to top-notch equipment from the Universal Studios lot; this, along with the expert advice, puts a lot of pressure on the motley group.

Typical reality-show personality clashes pop up, highlighting the competitive nature of the process. Some folks can be nasty, but all are clearly motivated and passionate about their work. Overall, the show is fun to watch because real talent is afoot.

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