Casting Call is like a Hollywood singing competition, but for people who are pros at audio interviews and non-fiction storytelling. On the show, an esteemed panel of judges will join host Jonathan Goldstein to vet submissions from aspiring podcast hosts across the country, and select three finalists to travel to Gimlet HQ to make a pilot of their show. One talented hopeful will have their pilot turned into a mini-series, produced by Gimlet, and maybe even get a Squarespace sponsorship of their own -- the pinnacle of podcast fame. All of the glory and the drama of the competition will be documented for listeners to hear. Expect a behind-the-scenes look at the weird and wonderful world of podcasting. You’ll learn what makes a good host and how entertaining shows get made when Casting Call officially launches in September.
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KimHere925
Dec 12 '19
Rating:   8
A little disappointed

I loved the show and always love Jonathan Goldstein, but was disappointed to find out that the actual podcast was not the one they pitched and made the pilot of. What happened to “An Exciting Business Opportunity?” I was really looking forward to that.

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phodat
Nov 24 '19
Rating:   2
Season 2 not worth it

So much potential but the winning host from season 1 completely abandoned the project that won and the 2nd season is a sort of rambling audio diary of mundane, young adult angst. Unfortunately not engaging.

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dibbledabbles
Nov 23 '19
Rating:   4
Casting Call Good, So Help Me Not So Much

The competition episodes were good but So Help Me is just not entertaining. Should’ve had a different winner

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Elliotb1989
Nov 18 '19
Rating:   2
Totally changed the topic

I was interested in multi level marketing, but for some reason the topic has changed to self help, which is not interesting to me. I’m disappointed and am unsubscribing.

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indikos
Nov 6 '19
Rating:   6
What happened to MLM?!

Pretty bummed that the topic of multi-level marketing (which most of us voted for) isn’t even going to be in the podcast we’ve been waiting for all this time. It makes me wonder how the other contestants feel. I’m definitely not interested in self-help but will certainly give the show a listen and re-visit my review.

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Manycallmemom
Aug 13 '19
Rating:   2
Winner winner...

Where’s Anna?Looking for her new mini series but she’s disappeared!

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SaraDom
Apr 1 '19
Rating:   10
So, where is the winning podcast?

Did she take the money and run?

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KingOfT0wn
Feb 22 '19
Rating:   10
This was a good show

Worth listening to; I love the concept. Excited to hear the winning show when it is released!

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megowatt
Dec 15 '18
Rating:   8
Casting call

Very self deprecating host. I love that!

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Designfan82
Dec 14 '18
Rating:   10
Excellent show

Great idea for a podcast. And I wish all the finalists could have their own shows made. They were all so interesting!

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Gailparis
Dec 11 '18
Rating:   10
Love it

Inspiring and i am a huge heavyweight fan so whatever Jonathan does I’m there! Maybe Ill enter the next one???

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makememories
Dec 9 '18
Rating:   10
Cool idea

Twas interesting to see a game show of podcasts, never seen that before. I wish the final say won, because for people like me with no motivation to live, that show would have lit a fire under me maybe. I wish she still does it somehow. I also wish all of them won because it feels like we lost two podcasts at the end.

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Orlajordan
Nov 16 '18
Rating:   2
Meh

Love Jonathon Goldstein, however I find the other people on this podcast very annoying. Not a fan of the constant “up talk” and vocal fry. Had to delete.

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GeorgiaJess
Oct 31 '18
Rating:   8
review

I really enjoy the concept of this show and the real depth and sincerity of each applicant. What really makes it unique for me is the amount of time and dedication that is spent between Gimlet staff and each applicant. Be all you can be...

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realitylover
Oct 23 '18
Rating:   10
A great podcast featuring... great podcasts.

I love Jonathan Goldstein and his crew at Gimlet, so I was excited to jump into Casting Call. And it did not disappoint! Even though only one of the three podcasts in this contest got a pilot, they are all excellent. I blew through all the episodes in no time at all.

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Donna207
Oct 15 '18
Rating:   4
Good idea but took a turn to boredom. Need more Casting Call less pilots.

I listened to the episodes up to picking the finalists And then there were 3. I didn't really love, or like very much, any of them. I liked the death show the least. Maybe if I was in my 30s and it seemed really far away. So I've skipped past the pilot episodes having heard aboout 5 awful minutes of the death pilot. I've heard enough about death talk on Frontline and such. Lots of the very same thing. I don't know where the judges were that they don't seem to havre heard those shows. As for me, I primarily listen to non-comedic true crime or partners talking about true crime, more like a particular crime. I enjoy tow people who get along great discussing or bantering about the issue without taking away from the main story. Asking or speculating about the case answering what are obvious questions for us true crime listeners. But funny and true crime is not for me, at all. I started out with This American Life and Ivery much like the variety and storytelling/storyteller. The stories are unique reality. Problem with that show is that the episodes are short. I think the ideal episode is between 50-90 minutes. Well, I'll find out who the winner is now and maybe I'll follow up but likely not. Eould have liked a longer Casting Call show itself.

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