Mark Burnett will enter Idol territory with competition to select a band member.

Mark Burnett will enter Idol territory with competition to select a band member.
Mark Burnett is planning to enter the talent competition reality series arena. Along with American Idol defector David Goffin, Variety reports that Burnett “is readying an edgier version of ‘Idol’ focusing on rock music … [that] will search for a crooner who could step in as the lead singer of an existing, internationally known rock group.” During the selection process, the members of that “band will play a key role (a la ‘The Apprentice’)–though viewers are likely to have some influence on the outcome.” Variety says this might be part of his revenge against FOX for their plan to create a competing boxing reality TV show like the one he’s producing for NBC. The new series is currently nameless, and it will “be pitched to networks within the next week.”
+ update: the show will be called Rock Star.
+ and: the group is INXS.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.