Fremantle cues up ‘Family’ tune battle

Show will look at performances, behind-the-scenes life

LONDON — FremantleMedia, the U.K. producer behind hit entertainment format “Idols,” is launching “First Family of Pop!” to find the successor to the Jacksons, the Osmonds and the Bee Gees.

Show, created by Fremantle’s new music company FMusicTV, lets viewers watch families battle it out over a series of rounds to be crowned the “First Family of Pop!”

Aside from musical performances, the show will take a behind-the-scenes look at how the families generate their music, rehearse and live together as well as capture the general tension of working toward winning the competish.

“We are not just looking for vocalists, we’re looking for the whole ensemble,” said Simon Jones, managing director of FMusicTV and one of the exec producers on “American Idol.” “We are confident that there are some amazing musical families out there who have the potential to go on to chart success, and are worthy successors to the likes of the Jacksons and the Corrs.”

Company is in discussion with a number of broadcasters about licensing the format, but declined to reveal details.

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