‘Idol’ In The Morning? Mark Burnett Cues Up a Daytime Singing Series

by | May 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM | American Idol, RealityTV, TV News

Mark Burnett (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Mark Burnett (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Reality guru Mark Burnett (‘Survivor’) is teaming with Trifecta Entertainment to develop and distribute ‘One in a Million,’ an ‘American Idol‘-esque singing competition series aiming for a fall 2011 debut.

“People have been talking about how soap operas aren’t working as much in daytime,” Trifecta CEO Hank Cohen told Broadcasting & Cable. “But people always like compelling, dramatic stories. [So] I started thinking, ‘What if you took those stories and wrapped them around a singing competition?’”

“We’re not necessarily looking for the next great recording star,” Cohen stresses. “We’re looking for the next great story.”

Each day on ‘One in a Million,’ a panel of three judges will choose a winner. That singer will then take part in a Friday competition crowning a weekly winner.

Monthly semifinals will further whittle down the ranks, setting the stage for the finals airing during the last week of the show’s 33-week season. One finalist slot will be reserved for the singer who amasses the most online votes from viewers.

The overall winner will collect a cool $1 million and undoubtedly then be asked by reporters if he/she would like to guest-star on ‘Glee.’

What do you think about this ‘One in a Million’ idea? A little late for a ride on the ‘Idol’ gravy train? Or a fresh alternative to struggling soap opera fare?