or


[04/15/04 - 12:00 AM]
The WB Launches Search for 'Superstar U.S.A.'
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- The WB and reality guru Mike Fleiss are searching for their own "American Idol"-esque music superstar, just not the kind you'd think.

Here's how the WB describes "Superstar U.S.A.," a new performance reality series set to bow next month:

"THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA" GOES IN SEARCH OF THE PERSON WHO 'THINKS' THEY'RE AMERICA'S NEXT SINGING SENSATION

Performance Reality Series Set To Premiere Monday, May 17

Celebrity Panel Include Recording Artists Vitamin C & Tone-Loc

Uber Executive producer Mike Fleiss ("High School Reunion," "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette") and The WB Network are set to premiere an off-key version of the red-hot performance reality genre, THE WB''S SUPERSTAR USA, on Monday, May 17. The seven-episode series will be hosted by former MTV vee-jay Brian McFayden.

Where some shows go out of their way to find the next truly talented singer in America, THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA is a send-up of the genre, where hopefuls have all the determination and drive to make it as a singing sensation, even if they lack the voice. All the unsuspecting participants have a shot at fame and fortune, but not for the reasons they initially think. In the end, through a progressively funnier take on the genre, THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA will have his or her dream come true, receiving a talent and recording deal worth $100,000, along with the immense fame and potential earning power derived from starring in a network television series.

"This is a genre that is ripe for parody," said Jordan Levin, CEO of The WB. "Back when we first introduced this type of show to an American audience with 'Popstars,' we found that the most memorable and relatable contestants were the people who had perhaps more courage than talent. Their passion to become superstars shone through. In this series, the viewing audience will be rewarded with a fun, funny and entertaining send-up of the genre, but in the end, you'll be won over by our Superstar."

"When I did 'Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire,' ratings sky-rocketed because people couldn┬┐t believe what they were seeing," explains executive producer Mike Fleiss. "This show will certainly strike a whole new chord with audiences and is sure to get people talking. The fact that we are able to perpetrate a hoax of this magnitude with thousands of people for more than a month is absolutely incredible."

Auditions for THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA were held in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando and Philadelphia. The best singers are told that they aren't right for the show, while those who have more guts than pipes are encouraged by the show's respected music experts - rap music pioneer Tone-Loc, pop star Vitamin C and television producer Chris Briggs. Ultimately, 12 uniquely gifted performers are then whisked away to Hollywood, where they receive superstar treatment, complete with a makeover, dance sessions with a top choreographer and singing lessons with a respected voice coach. The conclusion of the show is played out in front of a live audience, where the last one standing will be given the title of THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA, along with talent and recording deal and cash.

Created by executive producer Fleiss, THE WB'S SUPERSTAR USA is co-executive produced by Mike Nichols and Jason Carbone and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions.





  [april 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· BACHELORETTE, THE (ABC)
· HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (TV LAND)
· SUPERSTAR USA (WB)











[10/20/14 - 03:29 PM]
"Gold Rush" Season Five Premiere Tops Cable Television on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/20/14 - 02:02 PM]
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting to Perform Original Song for 100th Episode Of "Hawaii Five-0," Nov. 7
The song, titled "All For One," will premiere during the broadcast of the milestone episode.

[10/20/14 - 01:20 PM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series Ever "Party Down South" Keeps the Party Going This Holiday Season with Two All-New, One-Hour Specials
"Party Down South: Drunksgiving" airs Thursday, November 20 followed by "Party Down South: Christmas Hangover" on Thursday, December 18.

[10/20/14 - 01:19 PM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Seven New Series
"America's Most Desperate Kitchens," "Log Cabin Living," "Shalina Joy Project" and "Real Estate Riches" are on tap at the former while "First Time Flippers," "Miami Rehab" and "The Treehouse Guys" are coming to the latter.

[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.