[08/28/03 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Drops 'American Juniors' from Fall Schedule
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX executives announced yesterday the network has dropped its planned second edition of "American Juniors" from its fall schedule.

The move was made after producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment told FOX they don't have enough time to prep another installment of the "American Idol" spin-off to make a fall launch. And with "Idol 3" starting in January, the earliest a second edition of "Juniors" could be ready is next summer.

The producers also noted that with Simon Cowell committed to the U.K.'s "Pop Idol 2" this fall, auditions for the third U.S. version had to be pushed up, further complicating any possible timelines for a new "Juniors."

Various industry sources say it's a convenient excuse, especially considering "Juniors'" lackluster ratings performance this summer. The series bowed to an impressive 11.9 million viewers on June 3 but saw its numbers dip more than 40% by the end of July. FOX executives nevertheless say they were quite happy with "Juniors," noting its strong numbers in the teen demographic.

In the end, executives at Fremantle and 19 didn't want to compromise the parent series by trying to rush another installment of the spin-off out the door regardless of the ratings. FOX hasn't announced a replacement series and it's unclear what will fill the Tuesday, 8:00/7:00c hour come October 28 when "Juniors 2" was originally slated to bow.

Among the possible replacements are the "Green Acres"-esque reality series "The Simple Life," which FOX held back from a summer start due to a surprisingly positive response from critics. Speculation is also abound that FOX could keep "The O.C." on Tuesday nights, shifting it to 8:00/7:00c as a lead-in to "24." "The O.C." would then move to Thursdays as previously planned in January once "Idol 3" launches. An official decision is expected in the coming weeks.

  [august 2003]  

· 24 (FOX)

[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.

[10/23/16 - 07:06 AM]
Live + 3 Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is the Season's First Broadcast Series to Post Triple-Digit Growth in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 18.

[10/22/16 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Night in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas lead the evening in both categories.

[10/22/16 - 09:05 AM]
"Dateline" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, New Season High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/22/16 - 08:42 AM]
ABC Earns Most Watched Friday This Season - "Shark Tank" Is the #1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.