FOX clones include Rock Star-like show that will look for new TLC member.

FOX clones include Rock Star-like show that will look for new TLC member.
FOX is challenging ABC and CBS by creating clones of two of the other networks’ newest reality TV shows. First, FOX will air an unnamed show that, like Rock Star‘s search for a new lead singer for INXS, will look for a new lead singer for TLC. FOX “has clinched a deal with the formerly chart-topping R&B group TLC for an unscripted series,” The LA Times reports. “The show would feature contestants competing to replace band member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who was killed in a car crash in 2002. The winner would then join the trio’s surviving members, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, for recordings and possibly a televised concert.” FOX says the show was already being planned when Burnett announced plans for Rock Star.

FOX also looks like a plagiarist now that it’s announced plans for Trading Spouses, which is similar to ABC’s upcoming version of the UK’s Wife Swap–but which will likely debut before Wife Swap‘s Sept. 29 debut. Reuters says the show will, like Wife Swap, explore “the culture clash that ensues when parents are matched up with households of dissimilar backgrounds–such as a well-to-do mother moving in with a working-class family.” It will, however, “incorporate a yet-to-be-disclosed game element, and dads rather than moms will be the subjects of some of the Fox swaps.”
+ also: ABC plans Wife Swap spin-offs: Boss Swap and Husband Swap.

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Marriage At First Sight

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