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Morning News: Next ''Rock Star'' Band, Next ''Idol'' Theme

By RD Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2006

First, from CBS, the next edition of ''Rock Star'' will feature a made-up band instead of an attempt to shoehorn someone new into an established bunch of geezers. Here's some of CBS' announcement:

CBS and Mark Burnett Productions announced today that legendary musicians from some of the biggest American rock bands have joined forces to form a new band, Supernova, and will use CBS's ROCK STAR (working title) as the competition to determine the new lead singer. 

Supernova will feature drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crüe), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses).  The second edition of CBS's ROCK STAR will premiere on the Network this summer.

           After the winning singer is selected on CBS's ROCK STAR, Supernova will record an original album, to be co-written and produced by Butch Walker (hit songwriter/producer for Avril Lavigne, Pink) that will be released in the fall before the band embarks on a world tour starting in early 2007. ...

           Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will return as hosts, with Burke returning to the stage for introductions and Navarro returning to the judges' couch for input and evaluations.  "Last year, doing ROCK STAR: INXS was the greatest summer job of my life," Navarro affirmed.  "This year, I'm on the couch with my friends Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newstead as they choose Supernova's lead singer."

This summer's edition of CBS's ROCK STAR will also feature some format twists with a different music celebrity or rock legend each week. Said Navarro, "Friends of mine, like Slash, Macy Gray, Moby and Rob Zombie, will join us and throw in their two cents about who should stay and who should go." (end excerpts)

As for Idol, next week's theme is ... wait for it ... ''music of the '50s.'' In other words, a big comfy couch for the contestants. Any singer who makes a bad choice from that decade deserves to go home.  And Barry Manilow will perform on the results show.

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