The CW Hot for ‘Pussycat Doll’

Aug 2, 2006  •  Post A Comment

In a show that closely mimics the style of its reality veteran “America’s Next Top Model,” The CW has picked up an eight-episode reality series for the 2006-07 season that will help select the newest member of musical group the Pussycat Dolls.

With only one new drama on its fall schedule and one drama slated for midseason, the reality pickup is the first new nonscripted series in The CW’s emerging slate of programming.

The series, tentatively titled “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll,” will feature young female hopefuls living together in a competition in which their music and dance abilities will be judged. At least some of the series will include live elements.

The winner will join the Pussycat Dolls, which includes Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta. The group will appear in the series.

The Pussycat Dolls’ debut album, “PCD,” has sold nearly 5 million copies. Singles from “PCD,” which include “Don’t Cha,” “Stickwitu,” and “Buttons,” have hit No. 1 in eight countries and broken into the top 10 in 14 countries.

“Doll” is being executive produced by “Model” producer Ken Mok. In addition, Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin, Steve Antin, Interscope, A&M Records’ Jimmy Iovine and feature film director and drama series creator McG are also executive producing. The new series is from the newly formed Warner Bros. Television low-budget production company Warner Horizon Television, 10 by 10 Entertainment, Pussycat Dolls, LLC, Interscope A&M Records and Wonderland Sound and Vision.