HGTV’s “Walls” program searching for a home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

HGTV wants to come to Selma.

Executives at High Noon Entertainment have placed Selma on the list of cities where they’d like to film an episode of “If Walls Could Talk” &045; all they need are houses and homeowners.

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“If Walls Could Talk” is a weekly series that features homes that have stories to tell.

These stories include homes with historical, intriguing, or unusual pasts, or a combination of all three.

An appraiser with the show investigates artifacts found in the home.

Past show participants have found their homes’ contents to be a worth a fortune, according to a statement released by show executives.

Jason Mercado, casting director for the show, said casting is still wide open. “We would love to hear from (homeowners), and if there is anyway we can get the word out, we’d love to come to Selma,” Mercado said.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Lauri Cothran, executive director of the Selma and Dallas County Centre of Commerce said about the casting call. “It’s great exposure for Selma. We have such a large, varied historic district and so many great stories associated with Selma.

“It’s a different type of exposure,” Cothran said. “It’s a positive exposure to people all over the country about Selma, and not just what they get from bits and pieces.&8221;

Mercado said executives begin their search in larger cities and often find that smaller cities, such as Selma, have a greater connection to their past and have lots of history they are willing to share.

The process is not exceedingly difficult.

Mercado said when homeowners call, they’ll engage in a brief telephone interview.

Later homeowners will receive an entry form requiring a brief description of themselves, their home and its history.

They also need to send along with a photo of themselves, the home and any articles they may have found.

Once the entry form is completed, homeowners who will be on the show are alerted.

If a homeowner sends an email, Mercado said he will read it personally and respond.

For more information, or to be considered for the show, homeowners can contact Jason Mercado at 303-712-3109.

They may also send an e-mail to with “Casting Call” in the subject line.