WB pilots U.S. ‘Top Of The Pops’

Format double-length for American market

LONDON — The WB Network has piloted an American version of the BBC’s venerable pop music chart show, “Top Of The Pops.”

The program – featuring performances from Sum 41, Nickelback, Kylie Minogue and Blur, and double the usual length at an hour – was recorded at the BBC’s Television Centre in London last week.

The 40 year-old format is essentially a weekly countdown of the top-selling pop singles of the moment. BBC Worldwide, the pubcaster’s commercial arm, is hoping WB will greenlight a series in May.

In the U.S., similar shows, such as “American Bandstand,” have all but disappeared from programming skeds.

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