MTV has commissioned fan reality series “Becoming,” to debut during the cable net’s branded “10 Spot” in May.
The first four episodes of the half-hour series will preem May 14-17. The other six in the 10-episode order will debut on a weekly basis.
In each episode of “Becoming,” a fan gets the ultimate star treatment and a chance at “becoming” their idol as they star in a reshoot of a classic video by their favorite artist.
The Backstreet Boys and Destiny’s Child are among the artists to be emulated during the project.
Jason Carbone, a producer who cut his teeth on MTV series “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” is the show’s exec producer.
Meanwhile, MTV’s sister network VH1 is rolling out its dream-chasing reality skein for the 10 o’clock hour, “Bands on the Run,” on April 1.
The VH1 series follows four unsigned rock bands — Flickerstick, Soulcracker, Harlow and Josh Dodes — as they compete on the road for a lucrative music industry prize (Daily Variety, Jan. 16).
Fifteen episodes of “Bands on the Run” are scheduled to air. During the run, the competing musical groups are given their own customized van in which they travel to a new city each week.
The band that makes the most money in ticket and merchandise sales by the end of the journey and proves themselves musically wins. The catch: After the fifth concert, one band will be eliminated, and after the 11th, another goes, leaving two to duke it out until the end.