Former net skein moves to cable
VH1 is reviving shelved NBC skein “Celebrity Pop Superstar” — the latest project developed for a broadcast web to wind up on cable.Skein (formerly “I’m a Celebrity But I Wanna Be a Pop Star”) is a multiweek talent competish in which well-known faces from TV, film and sports will get the chance to transform themselves into singing stars. VH1 has not yet set a number of episodes or a premiere date for the project. NBC and producer Granada America are believed to have considered running the series as a four- or five-night strip, similar to the way ABC launched “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in 1999. Peacock execs, however, yanked the project in July, citing mounting production costs (Daily Variety, July 26). Project also faced competition from Fox’s “Celebrity Idol,” which the network announced days after news of the NBC skein broke. Fox is still in the process of casting its celebrity version of “American Idol,” which is still expected to air as early as this fall. A rep for Granada said “Celebrity Pop Superstar” would begin production shortly. Talent has not yet been locked. VH1 recently revived another dead NBC project, ordering eight episodes of “Notorious,” a scripted comedy starring Tori Spelling as a fictitious version of herself (Daily Variety, Aug. 4). Music net also is bowing the “reality show” episodes of CBS skein “Rock Star: INXS” on Sunday nights. And Fox’s “Princes of Malibu” and NBC’s “The Law Firm” recently relocated to affiliate sister cablers. Jay Karas, Andee Kuroda, Paul Jackson, Curt Northrup, Jeff Olde, Lee Rolontz and Claire McCabe will exec produce “Celebrity Pop Superstar.” Granada produces VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” and the series “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Nanny 911” and “Airline.” Separately, VH1 announced a Sept. 11 premiere for upcoming skeins “My Fair Brady” and “Breaking Bonaduce.” “I Love the ’80s: 3-D” bows Oct. 24.