On the Lot
is a short-lived reality show
competition produced by Steven Spielberg
and Mark Burnett
. The show, which aired on Fox
, featured filmmakers competing in weekly elimination competitions, with the ultimate prize of a million dollar development deal at DreamWorks
. On the Lot
premiered May 22, 2007, and aired Tuesdays.
The show was initially hosted by Chelsea Handler
but she quit early on - as she later said "I quit because I smelled the disaster happening before it did." She was replaced by Adrianna Costa
The structure of the show involved the initial episodes narrowing 50 semi-finalists down to 18 finalists. After the audition stage, the program was a one-hour show where movies were screened ("Film Premiere") followed the next day by a half-hour results show ("Box Office"). Viewers could vote each week for their favorite directors, which resulted in the elimination of the directors with the lowest vote totals. Votes could be made online at thelot.com, in addition to landline calls and Verizon text messages, and was permitted for two hours after the show.
Originally scheduled for separate episodes on consecutive nights, the "Film Premiere" episodes eventually aired on Tuesday nights at 8:00PM/7:00PM CT, with voting results as part of the following week's episode, as of May 31, 2007. The show also aired... Read More