'Partridge Family' reality series to begin talent search for cast



KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Think you look like a member of the former hit series "The Partridge Family"? If you do, here's your chance to snatch your 15 minutes of fame. VH1 is presenting a seven-episode reality series in which it will search for a cast to star in a new version of "The Partridge Family." Starting Sept. 5, the producers will be combing cities like Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis looking for Partridge clones. Once they've winnowed out the losers, the winners will begin rehearsals for a sitcom pilot that will debut on the channel later in the fall.
Original cast members Danny Bonaduce, David Cassidy and Shirley Jones will take part in the search.
Is it toxic to be a child actor? No way, says Bonaduce. "People have a tendency to say, 'Well, it's my child's dream,'" he says, who now hosts an FM radio show.
"Well, it's my child's dream to become a cop, but I don't let him play with guns. It has nothing to do with your child's dream. It has to do with parenting skills. And I don't think the fact that Todd Bridges ("Diff'rent Strokes") and I ran amok should really endanger the reputation of the entire industry. If being a child star is so carcinogenic, somebody needs to tell Jodie Foster and Ron Howard to just lay down because their days are numbered."
For more information on the "Partridge" search, go to www.vh1/partridge.com

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