Friday, June 07, 2019

Nickelodeon Now Looking for Musical Acts to Take Part on 'America's Most Musical Family' | Casting News | Auditions

Is your family the next legendary musical act?

Nickelodeon is searching the U.S. for musical acts from all backgrounds and genres to compete head-to-head in America’s Most Musical Family, an epic competition series like you've never seen before!

From up and coming bands to established acts, who sing and perform live as a FAMILY. Bands from all backgrounds are welcome and can perform in any genre. If you think your group has what it takes to become America’s most musical family, Nickelodeon wants to hear from you! It’s time to let the music do the talking!

For America's Most Musical Family, Nickelodeon are searching the U.S., from Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee, to Chicago, Illinois to New York, New York, and everywhere in between!

Nickelodeon are now casting the following musical genres: A Cappella, Alternative, Broadway, Electric, Hip-Hop, Latin, Pop, Reggaeton, Country, Folk, Jazz, Opera, R&B, Rock, and more!

Do you think you and your family can be America's Most Musical Family? Apply to take part now by filling in the online application form at! Good luck!

Please note that to enter America's Most Musical Family:

-- All members of each group must be at least 8 years old as of June 1, 2019. If the applicant is under the age of 18, their parent/guardian must apply on their behalf;

-- There is no maximum number of members a group can have, however, all groups must have at least (2) members;

-- All applicants/contestants must meet U.S. residency requirements pursuant to the Eligibility Requirements;

-- Currently, Nickelodeon are only accepting applications through the following website:

Additional terms and conditions and eligibility requirement apply. Please visit the official America's Most Musical Family FAQ section for full information:

Announced at Nickelodeon's 2019 Upfront, America’s Most Musical Family is a brand-new competition series that follows the nationwide search for the most talented family in America, and forms part of the network's slate of new programming for the whole family.

Nick’s insights reveal that family time is the most important passion point for kids and parents today, with their top priority being to spend time together and look for opportunities through shared experiences. Today’s families state that watching TV together is their favorite activity, corresponding to the current 10-year high in co-viewing, where 44% of kids’ viewing is with an adult. To capture co-viewing opportunities, Nick is producing shows with built-in appeal to every family member, including: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, The Substitute (hidden camera prank show), Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader (reboot), Are You Afraid of the Dark? (revival miniseries) and All That (revival).

America’s Most Musical Family is bring produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (So You Think You Can Dance). Casting for America’s Most Musical Family is being handled by City Media Entertainment.

Update (6/7) - From Realscreen:

Realscreen West ’19: Making kindler, gentler TV without going soft

Positive storytelling has been on the rise in the unscripted space for some time now, but it can still be a tough nut to crack.

The “Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV” panel at Realscreen West yesterday (June 5) took this question on, chipping away at why some uplifting series work and others don’t.

Joseph Livecchi, CEO of Noble Savages, served as moderator, with panelists Rob Bagshaw, EVP of unscripted content at Nickelodeon; Nina Etspueler, group creative director at Red Arrow Studios; Karen Miller, SVP of content at Universal Kids, NBCUniversal; Arthur Smith, co-founder and CEO at A. Smith & Co. Productions.

One important question in all of this is “Why?” Why are audiences looking for kinder, gentler content?

The short answer, largely agreed upon across the panel, is that “cruelty and darkness are all around us in 2019,” said Smith.

“There’s so much negativity out there in the world that we’re faced with every day,” he continued. “[Positive, uplifting storytelling] always worked, but I think now, more than ever, people are also looking for things that they can watch together.”

That focus on co-viewing isn’t incidental. Responding to darkness with light includes doing so in a safe environment with people you love.

The overarching question put to the panel was fairly neatly split into those overlapping categories: co-viewing, family-friendly programming and positive messaging.

They’re linked, though they do have subtle differences.

Something like Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? pits adults against kids and offers an easy in for multiple age groups. American Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior Junior from A. Smith & Co. Productions similarly offer different points of view, and families can watch either or both series together — and they do. The original show isn’t for adults, and Junior isn’t for kids. They’re different sides of the same coin. The challenges are the same, so neither feels exclusive to one demo.

That does open the door to certain risks though. If you try to please everyone, you can end up pleasing no one. And similarly, if you try too hard to keep things family-friendly, you can risk losing your edge.

“One of the worries that we might have as producers is family programming can be seen as safe programming,” said Bagsaw. “The problem with family programming sometimes is that we get pitched a lot of stuff that is really just soft.”

One way to fix that is to focus on kindness rather than sanding down the edges of a program.

“With America’s Most Musical Family, we’re going to have judges. They’re not going to be the Simon Cowells or the Gordon Ramsays or those kinds of characters,” said Bagsaw of one of Nickelodeon’s upcoming formats. That doesn’t mean the series will be devoid of competition, but it does mean more constructive criticism and support as opposed to unfettered critique and snark.

Another great example of a series that straddles this line is Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, from CPL Productions, a division of Red Arrow Studios. The series tackles the questions surrounding an aging population, including illness and death, but it also adds a bit of hope in the form of creating relationships between four-year-olds and the elderly.

Physical illness, depression and mortality are probably not the first things to come to mind when thinking of “kinder, gentler TV,” and yet by tackling these real-world issues, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds avoids the “soft” label while holding on to an overall positive message and genuine emotional catharsis through human bonding onscreen.

“The topic seems a little heavy at the beginning, but it is an important topic to talk about,” said Etspueler, of the show.

Heaviness is fine. Series can be political. They can be harsh. But they can also explore overcoming adversity, or working as a team, or connecting on a human level.

If ratings are any indication, people are increasingly demanding that lighter touch, and format producers are well-positioned to deliver it.


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Originally published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12:48am BST.

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