Only a few days after he announced he was leaving MTV, Canadian TV personality Daryn Jones already has a new gig. And it won't be a walk in the park -- rather, it will be a walk "Over the Rainbow."
At the CBC's announcement of its next television season on Thursday, Jones stepped up to announce he will be hosting the network's upcoming reality series "Over the Rainbow." The series will search Canada's musical theatre talent pool to find the next Dorothy in the stage production of "The Wizard of Oz," set for Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre. Premiering in September, the show's also literally going to the dogs, because Toto will need to be cast as well.
It's the latest in the triple-threat talent search shows, which began with MTV's 2008 series "Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods." The CBC has already seen success in the series "Triple Sensation," a general talent competition among up-and-coming musical theatre stars, and "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" which cast the leading role of Maria in "The Sound of Music."
The CBC's season announcement comes soon after major budget cuts, layoffs, and canceled programming. Hopefully Jones and "Rainbow" can follow the yellow brick road to ratings success.
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