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.

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