Diddy’s Making the Band is officially coming back to TV. The music mogul announced Monday (July 15) that the hit series, where he discovered groups including platinum-sellers Danity Kane, would return to MTV in 2020.
“MTV and I are back together again!! ‘Making the Band’ is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge. MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We’re going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world it’s next global superstars,” Diddy said in a statement.
Making the Band made its debut on ABC in 2000 when Lou Pearlman, who managed the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, launched the show and formed the boy band O-Town. Diddy re-vamped the show for MTV in 2002 and discovered the rap group Da Band. Diddy also launched the careers of Day 26, Donnie Klang and Danity Kane — who released two No.1 albums under his Bad Boy Records — on the show.
Diddy went viral last week when he asked his social media followers if he should bring back the series. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the incomparable Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his rightful home at MTV,” said Nina L. Diaz, MTV’s President of Entertainment in a release announcing the network’s latest reboot. “Making the Band was ahead of its time and the ultimate disruptor – fans everywhere have been clamoring for a return and they are in for the biggest, most iconic season yet.”
The global casting call for the show begins Monday across social media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube and Twitter; video submissions from contestants 18 and older can be uploaded using the #MTBCasting. Casting opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.
Watch Diddy announce the news on Instagram below.