Dan DeCarlo's fictional rock band will get new life (sort of) as actor/producer Nick Cannon and Atlantic Records search for three girls to resurrect Josie and the Pussycats.
The worldwide quest will be the basis for a reality competition series and possibly a spin-off dramedy -- both on Nickelodeon's TeenNick channel, for which Cannon is chairman. No target date was given for the shows' debut.
Created by DeCarlo in 1958 and sold to Archie Comics, Josie McCoy first appeared in Archie's Pals 'n' Gals before receiving her own series in 1963, appearing with friends Melody and Pepper. (The comic was initially titled She's Josie and then shortened to Josie.) When Hanna-Barbera Productions sought to develop a comic property to replicate the success of The Archie Show animated series, the publisher made significant changes to Josie. With December 1969's Issue 45, Josie and Melody donned their now-familiar leopard-print costumes and formed a band, and the title was changed to Josie and the Pussycats.
The new approached spawned two short-lived Saturday-morning cartoons -- Josie and the Pussycats and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space -- which in turn led to a real-life pop group featuring Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor (aka Cheryl Ladd). A live-action film loosely based on the characters was released in 2001.