Canadians can audition for Too Hot To Handle or Dream Home Makeover

Want to be on Queer Eye? Netflix is holding open casting calls for its reality TV slate

Canadians looking for love, steamy sex or a home makeover might be able to get in on some reality TV action over at Netflix.

The streaming giant announced the largest ever casting call for shows like Too Hot To Handle, Queer Eye, Dream Home Makeover, Sparking Joy With Marie Kondo, Floor Is Lava and Indian Matchmaking.

Netflix is asking everyday people who are 18 years or older from Canada, the U.S, the UK or Ireland to submit one-minute videos, showing off their personalities and best angles for consideration. Keen participants could apply to a specific show – whether it’s the bake off in Nailed It!, the grill skills competition on The American Barbecue Showdown or the race to take it all off in Too Hot To Handle. Or they could submit a general audition to be considered for Netflix’s entire reality TV lineup.

For those hoping this would be their chance to put on creepy prosthetics and find love on the absurd blind dating series Sexy Beasts, Netflix didn’t include that show in its audition lineup. Canadian daters will have to settle for Love Is Blind instead, the series in which people speak to each other from pods, forge connections and propose marriage before every laying eyes on each other.

Netflix also opened auditions for a new reality TV series called Roaring Twenties, a coming-of-age show where 20-year-olds navigate love and life in the 2020s in Austin, Texas.

The massive casting call is the latest opportunity for Canadians to make their debuts on Netflix. The streaming giant has been ramping up production in Canada, leasing space at Pinewood Studios and Cinespace. Service productions like The Umbrella Academy, Sex/Life and even some of The Queen’s Gambit have been shooting in or around the Toronto area.

They also have the local reality TV series Motel Makeover dropping on the service August 25. In it, they follow June motel co-founders April Brown and Sarah Sklash as they renovate a new Sauble Beach property into a boutique experience like their Prince Edward County destination.

Netflix is also opening a Toronto office just as pressure comes from the government with Bill C-10, which gives the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission power to start regulating online services and making them contribute to Canadian production.

Broadcasters like CTV and CBC are required to spend 30 per cent of their revenue on Canadian projects, but streaming services have operated outside of these rules. The CRTC is currently figuring out how to bring Netflix into the fold.

In the past year, Netflix has been holding open pitch sessions from Canadian creators. Perhaps more local reality TV series is in that mix.


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