'America's Next Top Model' Returns in September
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After seven months of waiting, fans can finally enjoy Tyra Bank’s reality series as it returns for its ninth cycle this fall.  America’s Next Top Model, one of The CW’s highest rated series, premieres Wednesday, September 19 with a special two-hour episode broadcast at 8pm ET/PT.

The network initially confirmed the new season of Top Model back in May as part of its fall 2007 primetime programming schedule.

"Season 9 is coming up in the fall and it's a whole rebirth of Top Model that I can't talk about right now," Banks told Extra.

As of the moment, not much has been disclosed about what’s in-store for the upcoming season except for the contestants’ international destination, which is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Top Model will still occupy the same timeslot as its spring 2007 cycle eight and will serve as a lead-in for a new scripted drama called Gossip Girl starting with the September 26 broadcast of its second episode.

As always, the The CW will also air an encore broadcast of each week’s Top Model episode every Sunday at 9pm ET/PT.

Meanwhile, casting calls for Top Model cycle 10 are on going.  So far, there are 22 remaining auditions, which will be held starting on Saturday, July 28 in Sacramento, California and will be wrapping up in Los Angeles on September 1.  Specific casting call details are currently listed on the network’s official website.

America’s Next Top Model, a competitive series hosted by former supermodel Tyra Banks, features model wannabes as they go through challenges and weekly eliminations by consensus of a judging panel.  As contestants live under one roof, they must endure tons of photo shoots, runway coaching, and makeovers for a chance to win a $100,000 modeling contract, a representation with a renowned modeling agency, a spread in a popular magazine and the opportunity to be hailed as America’s Next Top Model.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: RealityTV World
(Image courtesy of The CW)