CBS says Van Halen’s participation in Rock Star 2 “is a rumor, we deny it”

And it’s happening yet again. CBS is now firmly denying recent reports that the group is participating in the second season of the show. A spokesperson told Billboard, “All it is is a rumor, we deny it. We don’t even have [an act] firmly established yet, though, hopefully we will shortly.”

Adding to the crediblity of TMZ’s report on Monday, David Lee Roth said yesterday on his radio show, “They really are gonna do it, I think. It’s the ‘Rock Star’ open call schedule. They just handed me the schedule… they won’t say who it’s for, but I think it’s for Van Halen.”

However, that’s kind of funny, since whoever “they” are probably just printed the schedule off the Internet, as the show has been casting for a while now.

‘Rock Star: Van Halen’ Rumors Unfounded [Billboard]

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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