Thursday, August 03, 2006

Who wants to be a Pussycat Doll?

The CW has ordered eight episodes of a reality show tentatively titled "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll." The series, set to air on the fledgling network next season, will feature a group of young women seeking to become the seventh member of the Pussycat Dolls, the pop combo behind such hit singles as "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu."

The CW said that certain elements of the series will be broadcast live.
A nationwide search will get under way immediately to find the contenders, who will compete under the guidance of Dolls creator and founder Robin Antin. The winner of the series will join the Dolls, whose lineup includes Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta.

"At its core, this show goes beyond just finding a new Pussycat Doll; it's about female empowerment, self-discovery and personal transformation," said Dawn Ostroff, CW's president of entertainment.

The Pussycat Dolls got their start 10 years ago as a burlesque troupe featuring a revolving group of dancers, including such celebrities as Carmen Electra, Christina Aguilera and Christina Applegate. Their debut album, "PCD," has sold nearly 5 million copies worldwide since its release last September by A&M Records.

The group also has performed on such shows as Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."