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Monday 8 June 2009 @ 15:53 - GMT

This Web site has already reported that the Sundance Channel music/talk show Elton helped form has been renewed for a second season.

In addition, the first season is expected to be released on home video at some point. 

Elton spoke about Spectacle and its host, Elvis Costello:

"Elvis is the only person who could have done this, I really believe that, because he is such a fan of music. He said he would only do it if the guests are top-notch, no fodder. He did the first one with me, which was essential because we're big friends and know each other well and I could put him at ease. Then he went right from me to President Clinton, Tony Bennett and Lou Reed. He's really grown into it too."

The songwriter said that many of his veteran peers in the business no longer listen to new music at all, preferring to delve deeper into the past they already know. Not Costello, he said, who is insatiable in his quest for new music, which is why the show will also look forward.

"We wanted to make something that was totally about music and we didn't feel there was anything on television that was like that," Elton explained. "We feel stunned at the reception and we feel really vindicated that we made the right program. You always take the risk and hope there's an audience, but it's wonderful to have a success with something that is high quality and only to do with music, without the gossip and superficial personal stuff."

Elton already has a future wish list for the Emmy contender.

"There are obvious ones, like Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney," he divulged. "I would love to get Randy Newman on there as well. I think he's extraordinary, one of the true American heritage writers. Bob Dylan, of course, we would love, but he just doesn't do TV. And Prince, who I think is the most interesting person today as far as live performance goes. And Elvis Costello, we're going to have him on. I'm going to host that one."