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CW Gets Real with 80s Femme Rockers

by Josef Adalian

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80s femme rockers are taking on reality television! Adding their talents to find the next girl band are: (L-R)

Susannah Hoffs and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles with Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's

Four members of 1980s hit-makers The Go-Go's and The Bangles are teaming with the new network, CW for a reality show designed to launch America's next top girl band. The project, which first came to life at UPN, is in development for the CW's Inaugural 2006-07 Season, with a decision on a premiere date expected by this summer.

Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Gos and Susannah Hoffs and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles will serve as co-executive producers. They're also expected to have an on-camera presence in the project. Also aboard as executive producers are Double Feature's Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg and "America's Next Top Model" executive producer Anthony Dominici.

Unlike "Pop Stars," the pioneering WB reality series 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.

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The Go-Go's........................................................The Bangles

The 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. Details on the show's format are still being hammered out.

The basic premise 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," he said. Dominici will continue working on 'Top Model' even as he develops the new CW project.

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