Variety reports that CBS is in advanced discussions with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Cowell to produce the next big music competition series.
The show will be called 50 States to Stardom and will be a fusion of talent show and documentary with the goal of finding America’s next greatest talent. The docuseries will profile all 50 states in the U.S. and narrow down to one musician from each one. The process will lead to a showcase competition that crowns the most talented musician in the country.
There will be a panel of judges, but America will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The docuseries will capture each contestant’s backstory and their experience inside the competition. But the production values will be high–both “cinematic and realistic,” Variety reports.
Grazer and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and Cowell’s SyCo Entertainment will be the show’s main production companies. Grazer, Howard, Samie Kim Falvey and Justin Wilkes are set to executive produce for Imagine, and Cowell will executive produce alongside Richard Wallace for SyCo. Imagine currently has a first-look deal with CBS.
This new series will be Imagine’s largest venture into reality television, although the company has produced scripted series that involves music like Empire, Wu Tang: An American Saga and the upcoming Genius: Aretha.” Imagine also produced the music documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.
In America, Cowell is the brains behind America’s Got Talent and produced the US version of X Factor for 3 seasons.