After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron Burkle and Joel Katz), the show has united with Don Mischer Productions and host Ryan Seacrest for its inaugural live run from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
It also brings a mixed lineup -- including Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, Duran Duran, Kiss, Pitbull, Rita Ora and Nico & Vinz -- to a crowded lineup of fall music specials. The two-hour show lands between ABC’s CMA Music Festival and MTV’s Video Music Awards in August and the CW’s iHeartRadio Festival in mid-September, followed by the BET Hip Hop Awards and ABC’s American Music Awards.
“If these types of shows are constantly on the schedule, there’s nothing special about them,” says Horizon Media’s Brad Adgate.