Mark Burnett’s new MTV series include Diddy’s Starmaker, Bully Breakdown, and Rock Band

Reality TV mastermind Mark Burnett is currently working on “10 series in various stages of posting and prepping, as well as five or six pilots,” he told TV Week, and three of those shows are upcoming on MTV.

Among those series is a collaboration with Sean “Diddy” Combs called Starmaker, which, like it sounds, is a musical competition. Unlike Diddy’s Making the Band franchise, it’ll feature solo artists in different genres, and is “a music competition series for MTV designed to find both a male and a female solo superstar, each of whom will be signed to a deal with Mr. Combs’ Bad Boy label,” according to TV Week.

Burnett is also working with MTV on Bully Breakdown, a series that will send bullies into the ring with mixed martial arts fighters fighters. “We interview the victims and see how they’ve been abused. Then the bullies get the chance to step in the ring with a real MMA athlete. And the victims are there to watch it all,” Burnett said.

Finally, with his Rock Star no longer on CBS’ schedule, Burnett is searching on Cragislist for cast members for a new MTV show “based on the new game ‘Rock Band 2′” on which “four people to form their own band and show us their stuff live on stage for the chance to win the Ultimate Rock Band Experience,” according to the ad, which was quoted by Variety.

Burnett told TV Week that it’s “a chance for people who are not actual musicians to get the chance to live as a rock star.” Each episode will feature a different group.

Burnett’s Slate Comes Into Focus [TV Week]
Burnett’s ‘Band’ looking for rockers [Variety]

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