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IDOL: FIRST, JUDGES CHANGE; NOW, NIGHTS CHANGE

November 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Not only are Fox TV and the producers of American Idol juggling the judges on the talent contest, but they’re also juggling the nights — moving the performance shows to Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 19, and the results shows to Thursdays, beginning Jan 20. According to an announcement posted on the Idol website, the new season, […]

NO SURPRISES AT IDOL JUDGES ANNOUNCEMENT

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an announcement that was considerably less unexpected than LeBron James’s revelation that he was forsaking the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, the producers of American Idol said today that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will replace Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres as judges on American Idol. The webcast of the decision, presented by […]

NEW IDOL JUDGES TO BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY

September 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what some writers have suggested will be as forced, awkward and anticlimactic as one of those American Idol finales in which a seeming also-ran is crowned the winner, Fox TV is set to announce the names of the judging panel for next season on Wednesday. For weeks writers have indicated that it is all […]

IDOL HANG-UP: SCHEDULING PROBLEMS?

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Although it has been widely speculated that the producers of American Idol are withholding an announcement about replacements for Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres in order to encourage water-cooler discussions, returning producer Nigel Lythgoe maintains that actually talks have bogged down over the show’s demanding schedule. Appearing on Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated radio show, Lythgoe said […]

AEROSMITH’S BIGGEST HIT? PERRY BUMPS TYLER INTO CROWD

August 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although officially Fox is saying that the new judging panel for American Idol won’t be announced until mid-September, E! Entertainment’s Ted Casablanca reported today (Wednesday) that at least one judge has been signed — Aerosmith frontman, Steven Tyler. Moreover, the gossip columnist suggested, Tyler apparently signed for far less than the reported $10 million per […]

NEW PRODUCER, MENTOR SET FOR IDOL

August 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Nigel Lythgoe, familiar to many viewers as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, is returning as an executive producer of American Idol, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website today (Wednesday), noting that the deal with Lythgoe — he returns after a two-year absence — was completed this afternoon. The newspaper […]

CBS FILMS: “A TINY PART OF OUR BUSINESS,” SAYS MOONVES

August 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an SEC filing on Tuesday, CBS reported solid results for its second quarter, with revenue from advertising, new cable-TV carriage fees, and pay-TV revenue boosting operating profits by 80 percent. However, the company barely mentioned its CBS film division, which has struggled since its rebirth in 2007. The unit has released two films this […]

IDOL‘S FUTURE STILL IDLING

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There was no American Idol “results show” at the Television Critics Association summer “tour” on Monday. Critics had expected Fox officials to unveil the new cast of judges and announce other changes for the talent show next season. But Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice would only say that no deals had been signed with anyone […]

NEW JUDGES NOT YET SIGNED FOR IDOL

August 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox had reportedly hoped to announce the names of its new American Idol judges at its turn at bat at the Television Critics Association “tour” in Beverly Hills today (Monday). But published reports indicated that contract negotiations have not yet been completed with actress Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, the two most likely […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “THE BACK-UP PLAN”

April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The fledgling CBS Films’s strategy is to make relatively low-budget movies starring big marquee names and hope that those names will draw audiences to the multiplex. That was apparently its plan when it released Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser last January and so it seems to be now as it offers The […]

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