ABC and CBS are headed for a battle of the bands this summer.
The Alphabet has decided to pit its music competish “The One: Making a Music Star” against the second season of CBS’ Mark Burnett-produced “Rock Star.”
While there are key differences between the skeins, both borrow from the “American Idol” formula in that viewers help groom new musical talent.
“The One” will debut Tuesday, July 18, from 9-11 p.m., with a second two-hour episode set for the following week. During the skein’s third week, the air pattern will shift slightly: A 90-minute performance episode will air Tuesdays from 9:30-11 p.m., with a results show airing from 8-9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Earlier this month, CBS confirmed plans to air “Rock Star” Tuesdays at 9 and Wednesdays at 8 beginning July 5 (Daily Variety, May 5).
ABC execs have expressed high hopes for “The One,” which will mix performances with behind-the-scenes footage of contestants living and training together. “Rock Star” tried a similar formula last season, but CBS ultimately sold rights to the nonperformance shows to VH1.
While Alphabet’s sked play seems unusually aggressive for the relatively sleepy summer months, the fact is there aren’t many open timeslots on the summer grids this year thanks to a bumper crop of reality skeins.
Summer heavyweight “Big Brother” airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8, as well as Saturdays at 9. And Fox has filled key 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday slots with returning hits “Hell’s Kitchen” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
As a result, some of ABC’s other new summer skeins also will face off against original competish.
“Master of Champions” is set to air Thursdays at 8 starting June 22 (though a Game 7 of the NBA finals would push the premiere to June 29). Scheduling pits “Champions” opposite “Big Brother” and the results show for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in July.
ABC’s eBay-themed “Buy it Now” will air Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 starting July 31. It’ll compete against NBC’s “Treasure Hunters” and Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” on Mondays.
Avoiding conflict: Alphabet’s “One Ocean View,” which replaces “How to Get the Guy” in the 10 p.m. Monday slot starting July 31.
In other summer sked news:
- The WB is set to bid goodbye to “Everwood” on June 5.
- ABC will air the series finale of “Commander in Chief” on Wednesday, June 14. Net’s still talking about a potential two-hour telepic that could serve as a means of reviving the show (Daily Variety, May 16).
- CBS will shift “NCIS” and “The Unit” to Fridays at 8 and 9, respectively, starting in July. Move keeps the shows on the Eye’s sked while “Big Brother” and “Rock Star” take over their timeslots for the summer.