Reality-show guru Mark Burnett finally has a home for his newest creation, Rock Star: It's CBS, which for four years has also been home to Burnett's unstoppable Survivor franchise.
The network nabbed the rockin' American Idol-style program after an intense bidding war, reports Reuters. Terms were not disclosed. The show, which will run two hours every week, is set for a summer 2005 premiere.
CBS will run 13 episodes, reports The New York Times.
Contestants will vie for the chance to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS, which has been lacking a full-time frontman since the 1997 suicide of Michael Hutchence.
Auditions will take place around the world, including INXS's hometown of Sydney, and will lead to a dozen male and female finalists battling it out while also living together, Big Brother-style, in a Hollywood Hills home.
Burnett, 41, has said that what will distinguish this new show from American Idol, besides its rock milieu, is that the public's vote will not be the only deciding factor. INXS will participate in the final vote before taking the winner on a worldwide concert tour and recording a new album with him or her.
Says Burnett: "Rock stars are colorful personalities and charismatic performers who make great reality TV characters. Add to that a global format, elimination-style competition and the enormous stakes of becoming the lead singer in a successful group, and you have a unique environment for compelling unscripted drama."