CBS renews Rock Star for second season

Mark Burnett’s summertime musical competition series Rock Star has been renewed by CBS. The show’s success led to talk of a second season last fall; later, Van Halen was rumored to be the featured band, but that group will not be on the show.

So who will the new band be? Variety reports that “Burnett and exec producer David Goffin are keeping a tight lid on details about the new season, saying some key deals have yet to be hammered out.” The new season could “be devoted to finding a lead singer for another headless band or go in a completely different direction, such as creating a new band,” according to Variety.

Mark Burnett told the paper, “‘Survivor’s’ huge, but wherever I go now, people tell me ‘Rock Star’ is their favorite show. I’m glad it’s back. We know we’re going to get the same audience back next summer. Now it’s about growing that audience.”

The show will air twice-weekly this summer; applications are now being accepted.

Encore for ‘Rock Star’ [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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