TV briefs: Tyler Perry's 'The Passion,' 'Real World' casting, Ellen gives Atlantan Andrea Harrison $25K

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tyler Perry is narrating the new Fox live show March 20 "The Passion." The network has released its first teaser:

The story of the final hours of Jesus will be set in New Orleans in modern times and features the likes of JenCarlos Canelos (Jesus), Seal (Pilate), Chris Daughtry (Jesus) and Georgia native Trisha Yearwood (Mary).

"It's something that has never been done before on American television," Perry said in the promo video. "How could I not be a part of something this special?"


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Credit: Rodney Ho

The longest running reality show - MTV's "The Real World" - is coming to Atlanta seeking early 20 somethings on March 12.

You can come by Midtown's Blakes on the Park at 227 10th St. NE from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applicants should bring a recent picture of themselves (which will not be returned) and photo ID. You must be 21 years or older by June 2016, and, according to the show, "appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24." (That means if you're older but look younger, that's fine.)

The once groundbreaking show debuted in 1992 - 24 years ago. That means most of the cast members were not even born when the first cast showed up on the TV screen.

"We look for characters from real life, people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds," says Jonathan Murray, long-time executive producer of "Real World" in a press release.

Past seasons have been populated with cast members from diverse backgrounds, who have shared their daily experiences and over-the-top personalities with millions of viewers. Fans of the show will remember alumni such as Puck, the outrageous bike messenger; Cohutta; the hilarious, folksy mountain-man; Katelyn, the opinionated trans woman; Isaac, who raised naked fish tank snorkeling to an art form; Dustin, the Southern gentleman with a scandalous secret; and Nany and Adam, whose stormy romance rocked the Real World house.

“The Real World” is seeking (as any reality does) "a larger-than-life personality, a unique life story, an adventurous spirit and a personal magnetism that draws attention whenever they walk in the room."  He also wants people who are at a turning point in their lives and about to make big decisions about their future.

Need more details? Go here.


Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Ellen DeGeneres Monday sent correspondent Jeannie Klisiewicz to surprise Andrea Harrison at her home in Atlanta as part of Ellen's 'Trunk of Dreams' Road Trip. The episode of her talk show aired on 11 Alive at 4 p.m.

Andrea's a huge Ellen fan and a single mother who's struggling to afford college tuition for her son Aydan. Ellen gave her with $25,000 to put towards her son's tuition at Georgia Southern University. Plus, Ellen rewarded her with a trip to Hawaii since Andrea has dreamed of taking her family on vacation there.

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