'Rainbow' searches for Dorothy

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:29 PM ET

It's sexist. Or age-ist. Or beautiful-ist. Or some damn "ist" we haven't thought of yet.

The CBC reality series Over The Rainbow debuts Sunday, Sept. 16. It chronicles the search for a pretty young actress to play Dorothy in a stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

A few years back CBC had another show like this, called How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, associated with a stage production of The Sound of Music. Again, only attractive young females need apply.

Come on, CBC, cast a bigger net. Aren't there other famous stage shows that could be adapted for reality-competition TV? Suggestions:

* The Phantom of the Opera: Statistical fact, there are way more ugly people out there than beautiful people.

* Cats: Kooky crazies have to bring their own costumes. Ratings gold.

* Tommy: Could be technical problems. Do pinball machines even exist any more?

* Jersey Boys: No one sings like a young Frankie Valli. No one. But we could watch contestants' ears bleed as they try.

* Wicked: Everybody's evil mother-in-law might be a star-in-waiting.

* The Rocky Horror Show: You could call it Dammit Janet.


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