"Rock Star" Season Two

In case you haven't heard, CBS ordered a second season of Rock Star last month, and it is intended to be part of the summer 2006 program schedule. Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will return as co-hosts, but it still isn't known what band will be the subject, or even if the format will be the same. Here are details:


And here's a kicker: rumors are now back that Van Halen may be the subject, and that contestants may compete to be the new VH frontman. Eddie Van Halen, the band's leader, flatly denied these rumors last October. But Larry Solters, the band's publicist, was asked about it again recently, and he replied:

"I'm not denying it. I'm not going to answer any questions about it."

A big tease? Maybe. But it's nice to know that another season of Rock Star is in the works.

A future season of the show was in doubt, not only because of the uncertainty of future bands and formats, but also because Rock Star: INXS was initially considered a ratings dud. But as the show progressed, it emerged as something of a summer sleeper hit. INXS are now headlining a sold out concert tour with new lead singer J.D. Fortune, the winner of last summer's competition. Their new album Switch (their first with Fortune) has been selling moderately well, peaking at no. 17 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. It is currently at no. 98 after 10 weeks. Not bad for a "has been" group. The opening act on the tour is Marty Casey and the Lovehammers, led by the singer (Casey) who was the runner-up on the reality show. Their self-titled CD debuted at #67 on the Billboard chart last week. Not bad for a major-label debut.

These relative successes are the probable reason for Rock Star's renewal by CBS and Mark Burnett, and it may be causing Van Halen to reconsider.

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