Rock Star INXS may return (with Queen? Van Halen?), and may lead to Canadians on other US reality shows

Rock Star: INXS executive producer and creator Mark Burnett “is negotiating with CBS to produce a second edition of Rock Star next summer,” the Calgary Sun reports. If that happens, the show could look to find a lead singer for another group, or it could go the Popstars or Making the Band route and create a brand new band. The paper reports that “[g]roups like Queen and Van Halen need singers, [Burnett] said, or he could form a brand new super group.”

In addition to a second season, something else might come out of the series: Canadians might be able to apply for US shows such as Survivor. J.D. Fortune, the winner of Rock Star: INXS, and Burnett says, “If you look at that situation, it certainly bodes well for the future of getting a Canadian on Survivor.”

Why the change now? The Calgary Sun says that “U.S. networks have restricted their reality shows to U.S. citizens. Burnett says some of it is because of legalities — Canadians might not be bound to the same contractual restrictions — but really it’s all about ratings. The presumption was nobody in Texas or Florida or California wants to cheer for a final four tribal member from, say, Brampton, Ont.” But now that a Canadian has won a show that was fairly popular in the US, that could change.

Good Fortune for Canucks on Survivor [Calgary Sun via TVtattle]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


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.

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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.