Rock Star: INXS hyped with ambiguous Rock Star Go Home web site

Someone is trying really hard to get us to care what rockstargohome.com actually is; a cryptic press release and apparently mostly empty site are supposed to tempt us. I don’t have the patience to try to figure it out or care, since it’s mostly just an online promo for Mark Burnett’s forthcoming CBS series Rock Star: INXS.

But the site is continuing to hype itself by announcing that it will soon host a blog written by Stephen Perkins, of Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros. In a press release, Perkins said, “As for Rock Star Go Home, I have to be close-lipped about the site for now. But once it launches, that blog is my domain to offer up the good, the bad, the u-g-l-y.”

The site’s founder, Adam Pick, continues to be a big tease in the new release, saying “Like all great reality shows, there’s an excellent, counter-intuitive twist about to be unleashed.” Someone please wake me up when that happens.

By the way, helping to make this one of the most pre-whored shows in CBS’ history, the band has posted behind-the-scenes pictures on its web site.

Behind-the-scenes exclusive gallery [INXS.com]
Rock Star Go Home! (and the hidden section) [rockstargohome.com]

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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.