As you have no doubt heard by now, Oprah is holding an open casting call for would-be hosts for her new network. Even the front runners are not particularly slick–I'm amazed that people who want to have their own TV show don't even bother to find a nice background for themselves. Still, they have their own charm. (Check out the viral Zach's Audition for charm and brilliance.)
Finding the garden shows among the audition tapes is tricky because there is no garden category, and some of the shows I knew were about gardening didn't turn up when I searched for the term. But here are the ones I've managed to find.
Comments? Opinions? Ideas about the kind of garden show you'd like to see on Oprah's network? Get over there to vote early and often; and do let us know if we've missed any.
Friend of Rant Shirley Bovshow has a very professional pitch for her show "Eden Makers." You may have seen her Garden World Report–she's really doing a good job of producing an internet TV show that pulls in video submissions from all over.
Sunset magazine editor Julie Chai is pitching a show called "Dig In" about kitchen gardening.
Garden writer Kate Copsey has posted her pitch tape for a basic garden show.
Then there's Garden, Cook, & Compost with Kids–from someone named Elizabeth, who calls herself "NotACoolMom."
Nikita "Nature Boy" Floyd is a DC-based garden designer whose pitch tape includes a scene of him marrying his favorite plant.
Chris Walsh, the Gay Garden Gnome from Chicago–you know I'm gonna love that name. He's totally cute, but dude, couldn't you have gone outside for your demo tape?
Marie proposes Emily's Garden, a reality lifestyle show with an audition tape that includes burying a fish in the garden.
Lilia proposes a garden/food show called Garden 2 Kitchen.
Well, you get the general idea. Voting ends Saturday, so get over there if you want to cast your ballot.