EW Staff
August 18, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

8-9 PM · FOX · Debuts Oct. 19

CONCEPT An American Idol-style competition to find…well, you know.

THE SCOOP From AI creator Simon Fuller, American Band lets its judges — including Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik and Sheila E. — offer advice on what (and who) isn’t working. The band can then shed members or remain together. Coexec producer Charles Boyd: ”If you’ve got a band that’s four people out of tune, it’s like someone rolling over a set of bagpipes.”

BOTTOM LINE The AI formula, plus more drama: Could be the next great big reality show.

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