Viacom-owned youth-skewing cable net MTV has partnered with music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs to reboot the talent-driven reality competition series Making the Band.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper revealed Monday (July 15) via Instagram that the popular reality series, originally produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, would be returning to MTV’s airwaves for a 13th season. A production company for the series’ return has yet to be announced.
Making the Band made its television debut across ABC in 2000 by Lou Pearlman, the disgraced former manager of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. The winner of season one formed the boy band O-Town. Combs would take the reins of the competition series in 2002 when it made its premiere on MTV. The series would go on to chronicle the intimate journeys of chart-topping musical acts including Danity Kane, Day26, Da Band and Donnie Klang.
Combs set off a social media firestorm last week by hinting at the program’s return, noting that the demand from the fans was too loud to resist.
A global casting call has been opened today across all major social media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, by uploading a video submission using #MTBCasting. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to comply with the eligibility requirements and all rules.
Making the Band is scheduled to return to MTV in 2020.
“MTV and I are back together again! Making the Band is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge,” said Combs in a statement. “MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We’re going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world its next global superstars.”
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the incomparable Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his rightful home at MTV,” added Nina L. Diaz, MTV’s president of entertainment. “Making the Band was ahead of its time and the ultimate disruptor – fans everywhere have been clamoring for a return and they are in for the biggest, most iconic season yet.”