Cowell, ITV in 'Grease' star search


Pop impresario Simon Cowell is turning his attention to the West End stage and promising "the biggest casting call the U.K. has ever seen" as part of a new ITV series that will find two unknowns to play Sandy and Danny in a new theater production of "Grease" (HR 12/21).

Produced by the ITV/Talkback Thames team behind "X Factor," the primetime extravaganza will form the backbone of ITV's summer schedule.

ITV hopes to emulate the success of the surprise BBC hit "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" in which Andrew Lloyd Webber went in search of a star to play the lead in a new version of "The Sound of Music."