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Series featuring real-life bandsBy Vinnie PennSpecial to MSN TV"The Wanted Life," the latest (potential) feather in Ryan Seacrest's successful producer hat, premieres Sunday, June 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!, and focuses on the adventures in (and out) of the studio of recording artists the Wanted. The English-Irish boy band hit the scene in 2009 and is best known for the hit songs "Glad You Came" and "Chasing the Sun." Seacrest obviously believes their burping contests and squabbling over singles and singletons will make for good TV, all the while knowing the teenaged girls here in America will watch even if the boys simply stare at the camera like they're on Skype.Seacrest's score sheet is admirable -- so much so that E! president Suzanne Kold thought introducing girl group the Saturdays to an American audience (already a sensation across the pond, though not here) would be a cinch, but it didn't go according to plan. ("Chasing the Saturdays" was canceled after only one season.) Fact is, the Wanted have U.S. hits behind them already, plus are more formidable on stage than the Saturdays, too; I caught the Wanted last year with my 7-year-old, and their Coldplay medley showed that some of them have real chops and a few solo records definitely lie in wait. The Saturdays seemed to think they could reinvent the Spice Girls, most of whom are busy trying to do that themselves.Still, watching musicians do their thing on television, arguments with producers and all, followed by breakdowns on the phone with faraway parents or other halves, makes for good TV.Here is a list of the top of the pop TV:Bing: More about 'The Wanted Life'Which TV band rocks your world? Tell us at MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter."The Wanted Life" premieres Sunday, June 2, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!.(E!)
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