New network game show to hold casting call in Tempe

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You know the scenario. You’re watching reruns of “Jeopardy” and host Alex Trebek lobs a softball of a question at the contestant.

“The number of planets in our solar system.” The contestant responds “What is seven, Alex.” You stumble backward over the ottoman and scream expletives at the TV—”Are you kidding me? C’mon, I could have answered that!”—as if someone can actually hear you.

Well, now is your chance to showcase your TV trivia IQ and pressure-handling mettle when casting producers for a new network game show, tentatively titled “Who Knows Who,” invade Dave & Buster’s in Tempe Marketplace between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 11 for an open casting call. But here is the catch: casting directors are looking for contestants in teams of two to five. Think “Family Feud” with a twist.

Tempe/Phoenix will be the first stop of many for the show’s casting producers during their nationwide search, with auditions booked in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, St. Louis and New York City at the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply.

“Grab your closest friends, roommates, siblings, parents, co-workers, fiancé, even your spunky grandma, and come on down to Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace,” says casting producer Matthew Stravitz. “I’ve always had great success and an enjoyable experience in Arizona in the past and am eager to come back for yet another big show and help as many people as possible get on TV.”

Stravitz and his talent-seeking team are casting a wide net, searching for more than trivia smarts…they’re also looking for individuals with a little ’tude and swagger.

“We are looking for big personalities who will capture the hearts and minds of the American TV audience,” he says. “Beyond that, I always recommend people just be themselves. The casting calls are real informal and designed to be a blast!”

“Who Knows Who” is described as a fun, family-friendly game show, combining elements of pop culture trivia and knowledge of facts, quirks and stories about contestant’s teammates.

“If you’ve seen the classic episode of ‘Friends,’ where the guys team up against girls and are quizzed to see who knows more about each other’s lives, that will give you a hint as to the tone of our new series,” Stravitz says.

Casting producer Sarah Smart, Stravitz’s casting partner during the search, says to “expect the unexpected” with “Who Knows Who.”

“You might be playing one game with your mom or best friend, and then squaring off in a pop culture trivia lightening round with one of your fave celebs,” she says.

Stravitz and Smart are predicting great things for “Who Knows Who,” though they mentioned that they couldn’t divulge the exact network yet.

“It’s from the network that brought you ‘The Voice’ and ‘Deal or No Deal,’ he coyly replies.

Hmmm … Do I have to frame the answer as a question Alex?

“WHO KNOWS WHO” casting call, Dave and Buster’s, Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free

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