SNL Auditions to Become Reality Show
11/04/2004 AT 09:00 AM EST
Its focus: to find a new cast member for the long-running comedy program.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Michaels, 59, is expected to play a Donald Trump-like role, narrowing the pool of contestants until a winner emerges.
The as-yet untitled show would likely debut next summer, while SNL is on hiatus. NBC would not comment.
Meanwhile, in other TV news, Elton John tells Variety he is developing an ABC comedy about an aging rock superstar – think of a combination of Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and the "Rocket Man" himself – and his entourage.
"It's not about me, but about everybody we've encountered over the past 30 years," says John 57. "We've met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it's about the people around the star, who have to put up with them. It's an up-market Spinal Tap."