Question: Being one of the seven people who watched Rock Star: INXS on CBS last summer, I was excited to see a mention in your column a few weeks ago that there would be a second season. I haven't been able to find out anything else about it. So what do you know? Will INXS kill off that jackass JD and try again? Or will it be a new band with a dead lead singer? Will it be worth watching without Marty and Jordis? I and the other six people who watched last summer wanna know!
Answer: I only know CBS is gearing up for a second season, but as far as I'm aware, they've revealed nothing yet about the format or the end prize for the winner. They're probably saving that info for closer to the launch of the summer season ...
Per Variety, CBS has given the green light to a second season of Rock Star, the reality contest that, in its freshman outing, sought a new lead singer for INXS. Although the network is releasing few details about the follow-up's premise — including whether or not it will even have a tie-in to a real band — it has been confirmed that Dave Navarro and Brooke Burke will return as hosts.
Question: I just wanted to get your opinion on the whole American Idol thing. Going into, what, the 23rd season now, the show has produced, I would argue, only one real talent: Kelly Clarkson. I can't even remember most of the runners-up. But with millions of others, I will watch again this year in January. INXS' reality show had better talent and music, but not many people watched it. So my question is: What do we see in American Idol?
Answer: It's funny — as I started typing this response, the name of last year's winner (Carrie Underwood) went right out of my head. There must be a reason for that. But beyond the individual merits of the contestants — always a merrily mixed bag — there is something irresistible about American Idol, especially (to me) once they move past the tedious and sensationally contrived audition episodes. It's a classic talent competition, with all of the corn and cheese associated with such things. The INXS show may have featured a higher level of talent, but