Janet Jackson Inks Deal With MTV For Reality Series

Janet Jackson is taking on reality TV, the “Discipline” singer inked a deal with MTV this week to develop a music competition slated to tape over the summer. According to Variety, the untitled project connected with 25/7 Productions has already begun casting for the series which will feature Jackson as she mentors a group of aspiring singers and dancers. “It’s really about finding who’s the next Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or Usher,” said exec producer Dave Broome. “And we’ll find it from a pool of people who you wouldn’t typically find it from. We’ll go to YMCAs, church groups, local community centers and try to cast the show.” Instead of a traditional studio or soundstage, the show will take place in various street locales through the summer as Jackson prepares for her upcoming tour which kicks off September 10th. Jackson’s new deal comes on the heels of a seemingly renewed relationship with MTV after the turbulent relationship between Jackson and the network over the infamous Superbowl halftime show that featured Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” Over the last few months Jackson has been seen more often on MTV, having appeared on TRL to promote “Discipline” in February. She also starred in a series of shorts spoofing MTV series like “The Real World” as part of MTV’s “52 Artists/52 Weeks Total MTV Takeover.” Producers are still ironing out the prize for the show’s winner – but it could relate to Jackson’s “Rock Wit You” tour.

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