Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A new version of the popular syndicated talent show of the 1980s, CBS' Star Search was hosted by former late-night talk show emcee Arsenio Hall, leading one commentator to quip that Hall had "progressed" from being the black Johnny Carson to the black Ed McMahon. Telecast live, each episode featured a collection of would-be stars, competing in four different categories: adult singer, junior singer, comic, and supermodel. Four celebrity judges determined who among the aspirants would be invited to continue competing on subsequent shows, with a 100,000-dollar grand prize going to the winner on the final episode of the season. This Star Search revival premiered on January 8, 2003.