11/04/2004 AT 9:00 AM ET
NBC may have given the back of its hand to the series Last Comic Standing – pulling the plug before the last comic stood – but now the network is gearing up for a reality-competition series fronted by Saturday Night Live creator-executive producer Lorne Michaels.
Its focus: to find a new cast member for the long-running comedy program.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Michaels, 59, is expected to play a Donald Trump-like role, narrowing the pool of contestants until a winner emerges.
The as-yet untitled show would likely debut next summer, while SNL is on hiatus. NBC would not comment.
Meanwhile, in other TV news, Elton John tells Variety he is developing an ABC comedy about an aging rock superstar – think of a combination of Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and the “Rocket Man” himself – and his entourage.
“It’s not about me, but about everybody we’ve encountered over the past 30 years,” says John 57. “We’ve met every star and seen every misbehavior. And it’s about the people around the star, who have to put up with them. It’s an up-market Spinal Tap.”