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This week, Entertainment Tonight takes a look at Showville's poster, while the headline of the Chicago Reader's Small Town Security review describes the show as "really good." Plus, TheWrap highlights one of Showville's contestants. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Tonight presents an exclusive first look at Showville's new poster, calling the show "a celebration of performing."
• The Chicago Reader thinks Small Town Security is "claustrophobic, visually repellent and really good."
• "AMC is bringing Hollywood to small town America," TheWrap says of Showville, offering a sneak peek at a promo that features an aspiring dancer, Midge.
When AMC's small town competition series Showville premieres on Thursday, you'll see a handful of residents of Holland, Michigan get the chance of a lifetime: national exposure and local renown (plus $10,000). Now with AMC's Got Talent? #Showville Video Sweepstakes, you too have a chance to be in the spotlight.
AMC wants to see your talent whether you're a ballet dancer, a gymnast, a puppeteer, a celebrity impersonator, a juggler, a bird caller, a contortionist or... You get the idea. Select participants will be featured on AMC's official website as well as Showville's Facebook page and Twitter account. Better yet, Showville talent coaches Alec Mapa and Lisette Bustamante will pick favorite videos for helpful coaching tips (and online praise).
Got Talent? Submit your six-second video using Twitter's Vine application. Once you've made your video, upload it to Twitter with #Showville. Need inspiration? Check out this video of a woman who does duck calls or this guy who does weird eye rolls.
Next week, AMC's Golden Note Sweepstakes is giving you even more opportunities to win $500 in cash. When you watch AMC's Story Notes versions of your favorite movies, you'll also be invited to enter the Golden Note sweepstakes. Just look out for that night's code word, head over to amcgoldennote.com, fill out the sweepstakes entry form then hope for the best. (No purchase necessary.) Tune in Mon., May 20 for The Scorpion King, Tue., May 21 for 300 and Wed., May 22 for As Good as it Gets for three chances to win. All movies begin at 8/7c. Entry periods end at 6/5c the following morning.
Next Thursday night at 9/8c, the quirky, small town talent of AMC's new original series Showville finally arrives. Looking for ways to keep yourself busy until the big night? Here are six suggestions:
1. Watch Showville videos: Three sneak peek videos of upcoming Showville performers, plus three on-air trailers for the series.
3. View photos: Sneak peeks from the Showville premiere, plus a gallery of promo shots spotlighting some quirky talent.
6. Sign up for the AMC Weekly newsletter for the latest updates on Showville and other AMC programming.
Showville premieres this Thu., May. 23 at 9/8c.
Christa Stephens from AMC's original series Small Town Security talks about trying out for American Idol and refusing to lose her Southern accent.
Q: Now that Small Town Security is back, do you have any rituals for watching it? Like, do you and friends get together and watch.
A: Me and Joan and all of us will get together and watch the shows, and we'll have little viewing parties and at my mother's as well... As far as people that I actually hang out with, that has changed because some people don't agree with the show -- I think they thought it made our town look stupid. And so it's like, I keep a tight leash on who my friends are.
Q: What is it like watching yourself? Do you ever get embarrassed?
A: Yeah. Sometimes I do. I have my blonde moments, as they say. I'm not a stupid person, but sometimes it takes me a minute to get things. I'll be like, "What? Oh." So yeah, there are times that I feel like, "Christa. Seriously."
Q: What are the perks from being on the show?
A: Dennis and I we like to mingle with the fans. I had read a comment [on Facebook] where a girl had watched Episode 2 from Season 1 and said, "The secretary sounds like she can really sing!" And when I read that, I thought, Well that was really nice and so I clicked on her name and friend-requested her... If it wasn't for our fans, we wouldn't have a show.
Q: Speaking of singing, you actually tried out for American Idol. What was that like?
This season, Small Town Security's Chief Joan Koplan shares weekly workplace wisdom in her "Ask Joan" advice column. This week? Joan fields questions about bathroom etiquette, amorous advances, and lazy employees.
Q: How do you deal with someone who is really loud in the bathroom? Is there 'bathroom etiquette' I should follow?" -- Dizzy
A: I think if a person is loud in the bathroom, that's just the way they are. We all have peculiarities. It's OK as far as I'm concerned. If they work well in the office and they do everything else that they're supposed to do, then the bathroom thing is no big deal. I don't think there's any point to carrying on over something like that. Anybody who works for me who does an excellent job, I can excuse their quirks. For example -- and he's going to get angry at me for mentioning him, I don't give a shit -- Brian does some things that annoy me. Like, I was just sitting here and he was getting me coffee. He put some kind of stuffed animal in my face and it scared the hell out of me. When I have an argument with him about something and I know that I'm right and he's wrong, it doesn't matter. He cannot think for one minute that he's wrong and I'm right. So I just have to walk away. I do always get the last word, though, like "Kiss my ass" or "Stick it" or something. So that ends it. But Brian not only does a great job, he treats this company like it's his company. That's how devoted he is to it. So I'm willing to put up with anything that he says, because he's a wonderful human being.
Q: How do you handle whiny people at work who always want to leave early? -- Patricia Franks Martin
Lisette Bustamante, a dancer and choreographer who has worked with Madonna and Britney Spears, is now mentoring small town talent on AMC's new original series Showville. In an interview with AMC she talks about the mad scientist who auditioned for the show and the act who made her laugh the hardest.
Q: Have you ever been in a talent show before?
A: Yes! I was on a cruise ship and I was 13. My mom said, "You should go. You're a dancer. You'll win. You're amazing." And I was like, "Oh, yeah. I got this in the bag." I went out on the dance floor and totally slipped and fell. A lot of dancers are klutzes and I can be one as well. I came in third place. I was devastated. And I think that scarred me for life because I never did another talent show after that. It was a humbling experience... I learned early on, "OK, girl. You're not all that."
Q: Do you think that experience affects the way you judge for the show?
A: Absolutely! Because I've been onstage so many times in my life, I can see through nerves. I can see what a person truly has to offer, even if they don't have the best audition. Some of the people were awesome and some of the people were very nervous. They had Hollywood coming to them. This was their big chance to become a local celebrity. I tended to pick people who may not necessarily have had the best audition, but I could really see doing well in the talent show -- being able to work with them and give them the confidence boost to get up there and kill it.
Q: There are a lot of interesting acts in Showville. What's the craziest one you saw?
Alec Mapa, the former star of Ugly Betty and Broadway's M. Butterfly is now mentoring the small town talent on AMC's new original series Showville. In an interview with AMC he talks about the scariest acts from the series, and the different flavor of talent each town had to offer.
Q: You and your fellow coach Lisette Bustamante have great chemistry together. Did you two know each other before Showville?
A: We were complete strangers and from the moment I met Lisette, I immediately liked everything about her. And that's important because we were gone on the road together, like for eight weeks. So if we didn't like each other this would have been really hard job. [Laughs]. She is an amazing teacher. She has so much experience, but she never used her resume as a way to feel superior to anybody else. She was always immediately generous with her gifts.
Q: There are a lot of interesting acts coming up on Showville. What's the craziest act you saw?
A: One of the most fun things we saw was a puppeteer in Rhode Island who had a sheep puppet who sang "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." To obscure himself as the puppeteer, he put this black hood over his head to cover his face. So the whole time, it looked like we were getting this puppet show from a bank robber or a terrorist.
Q: Was there any act that really scared you?
AMC's new original series Showville may not premiere until Thu., May 23, but anyone who's watched the video sneak peeks for the series knows that the zany talent on the show is sure to entertain. Want more proof? How about this gallery of promotional shots featuring the kinds of unique performers you can expect weekly from Showville: James, the juggler; Dan, the One-Man Band; and Midge, the surly ballerina.
Can you imagine Joan Koplan as a bikini-clad bombshell, or Irwin as a buff water-skier? Ever wonder what Dennis Croft looked like as a little girl, or what poses Christa struck in high school? Now you can see the entire Small Town Security cast in days past with this family photo album.