Hit Me Baby adding three more episodes.

NBC’s summer reality success Hit Me Baby One More Time is adding more episodes. The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan reports this morning:

NBC is adding at least one more episode, and, based on Thursday’s ratings, maybe more, to what was supposed to be a 3-episode run of its surprise reality success, “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” An NBC PR rep says the show will now air a total of “four to potentially six” times. No word on what bands will be added to the roster of one-hit wonders.

The second episode aired last night, so the finale would have aired next week. Next Thursday’s episode will feature Cameo, Howard Jones, Irene Cara, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Wang Chung.

Hit me baby three more times? [Chicago Tribune]

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