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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A diller, a dollar, a Steve Martin Scholar

BPI Entertainment News Wire
October 18, 2004, Monday 10:43 AM Eastern Time
Entertainment News
Martin, ABC enroll teens for 'Scholar'
NELLIE ANDREEVA, The Hollywood Reporter

Steve Martin is teaming with ABC to give bright, ambitious high school students a chance for a free education at a top university.

The network has greenlighted a reality series from Martin/Stein, reality veteran Bunim-Murray and comedy powerhouse Carsey-Werner that will feature 15 qualified high school seniors who might not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue a college education compete for a full-ride scholarship to the college of their choice.

"Every student in this country should be entitled to a college education," executive producers Martin and Joan Stein said. "With this show, we intend to empower both students and parents with the knowledge that a higher education is realistic and attainable for everyone."

Tentatively titled "The Scholar," the series, which will take place on the campus of a major university, will have the constants compete in challenges in the areas of academics, leadership, school spirit and community service for the top prize.

"For the ABC brand of reality series, we are looking for shows that are about life-altering wish fulfillment, and 'The Scholar' couldn't be more perfect," said Andrea Wong, ABC executive vice president alternative programming, specials and late-night. "And in particular, we know this team of producers who really feel the pulse of young people are going to bring us a fantastic cast and tell an amazing story."

The search for high school students to participate in "The Scholar" is under way. Production on the series is slated to begin this year for a premiere next year.


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