Hey, hey, “The Monkees” may be returning to NBC.
The Peacock is in discussions with “American Idol” creator 19 Entertainment about reviving the format, featuring a new American boy band in the roles made famous by Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. Network would ready the project for a fall 2003 launch.
Simon Fuller, 19 founder who created and managed the Spice Girls, has secured rights to the “Monkees” concept and name. “The Monkees” also served as inspiration for Fuller’s teen band SClub7, a pop group of seven members who starred in their own international TV show, released a number of hit records in the U.K. and even designed their own clothing line.
SClub7 has sold 10 million albums worldwide.
The updated “Monkees” would include sketch comedy and music elements featuring four handpicked male stars, similar to the original series, which aired on NBC from 1966 to 1968.
The original show continues to hold cult status, most recently appearing as part of Columbia TriStar Domestic TV’s “Screen Gems Network” block of programming. “The Monkees” was previously revived in 1987 as the short-lived syndie laffer “The New Monkees.”
Fuller currently serves as executive producer on Fox’s hit reality skein “American Idol,” which 19 produces with FremantleMedia. The original format, “Pop Idols,” was created by 19 in the U.K.
Fuller and 19 are repped by CAA.