Four members of 1980s hit-makers the Go-Go’s and the Bangles are teaming with the CW for a reality show designed to launch America’s next top girl band.
Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are on board as exec producers via their Double Feature shingle, while “America’s Next Top Model” exec producer Anthony Dominici will serve as showrunner.
Project — which first came to life at UPN — is in development for the CW’s inaugural 2006-07 season, with a decision on a greenlight expected by the summer.
Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Gos and Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson of the Bangles will serve as co-exec producers. They’re also expected to have an on-camera presence in the project.
Unlike “Pop Stars” — the pioneering WB reality skein that led to the creation of short-lived girl group Eden’s Crush — the CW project will search for aspiring femme rockers who can also play their own instruments.
“There’s a big difference between a girl group and a girl band,” said Valentine, noting the CW project will be on the hunt to create the latter.
Project came together when Valentine, a reality TV viewer, started thinking about the dearth of successful all-female bands working today. She and Caffey talked about the idea of a reality show focused on finding talented femmes, then decided to approach Hoffs and Peterson.
Valentine had a previous personal relationship with Sher that led to Double Feature’s involvement. CAA brought Dominici into the mix.
Details on the format are still being hammered out, but the basic premise of the show revolves around a nationwide hunt for young women who have both musical and singing chops. The Go-Go’s/Bangles quartet will help lead the search and also act as advisers to the resulting group.
“Basically, we believe there are amazing female artists out there waiting for the opportunity to find each other,” Hoffs said. “We’re looking to find them and then be their fairy godmothers.”
Dominici said working with Tyra Banks on “America’s Next Top Model” has taught him the importance of having someone with hands-on experience attached to a talent hunt.
“There aren’t a lot of girl bands out there, and these women are determined to change that with this show,” he said.
Dominici will continue working on “Top Model” even as he develops the new CW project.