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[01/23/08 - 09:51 AM]
FOX Reality Channel's Original "American Idol Extra" Is Back for a Third Season to Give "American Idol" Fans the Exclusive, First Interviews Straight from the Idol Studios!
The new season, hosted by JD Roberto, will bow on Thursday, March 13 at 7p and 10p ET/PT.

[via press release from Fox Reality]

FOX REALITY CHANNEL'S ORIGINAL "AMERICAN IDOL EXTRA" IS BACK FOR A THIRD SEASON TO GIVE "AMERICAN IDOL" FANS THE EXCLUSIVE, FIRST INTERVIEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE IDOL STUDIOS!

Show Premieres only on Fox Reality Channel Thursday, March 13, 2008 7p and 10p ET/PT

Los Angeles, CALIF (January 22, 2008) � Fox Reality Channel, the only all-reality, all-the-time cable and satellite network, proudly announces the third season of its original, "American Idol Extra," premiering Thursday, March 13 at 7p and 10p ET/PT. No one gets more up-close and personal than Fox Reality Channel's original "American Idol Extra", the only show giving fans a unique opportunity to get the whole Idol story straight from the Idol studios.

Fox Reality Channel is working with the producers of "American Idol" to deliver an authentic extension of the "American Idol" brand to provide viewers exclusive insight into the show. Every week, returning host JD Roberto will capture all of the heart-racing drama and emotional moments immediately following the elimination of each of the Top 12 contestants as he goes behind-the-scenes with exclusive interviews with their friends and family.

Viewers will also get an inside look at the remarkable production team behind the excitement and tension of every "American Idol" episode. Fox Reality Channel viewers will gain insight from the show's producers, directors, wardrobe, make-up and hair departments as they hear first-hand what really goes on in the making of the series.

"We are thrilled to be bringing back �American Idol Extra,' the only destination for viewers to catch the most exclusive and exciting elements of �American Idol,'" says David Lyle, Fox Reality Channel President. "Fox Reality Channel is dedicated to continuously giving our viewers more reality, and �American Idol Extra' reinforces that promise. This is a great opportunity for fans to get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into the world's most popular reality series."

Fox Reality Channel's original "American Idol Extra" will kick-off its third season with behind-the-scenes coverage and exclusive interviews on Thursday, March 13, 2008 only on Fox Reality Channel. The show will premiere every Thursday at 7p and 10p ET/PT, with encore performances throughout the week and weekend.

"American Idol Extra" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. Emmy-nominated "American Idol" is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America.

ABOUT FOX REALITY CHANNEL

Fox Reality Channel launched May 24, 2005 to become the first destination for lovers of unscripted programming. The channel offers major US network favorites, exclusive international reality programming, Original Series and Specials. Fox Reality Channel offers reality viewers more of their favorite reality programming with RealityRevealed in Primetime with never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes secrets and more reality fun. Fox Reality Channel distribution is set to propel past 35 million subscribers in its second year, becoming one of only four new networks to achieve that feat. Its programming is available on television, broadband, cellular phones and other leading mobile devices. It recently entered into a sweeping deal with Apple� to deliver upcoming original series to iTunes� (excluding American Idol Extra). To get more information on Fox Reality Channel programs and schedules, please visit foxreality.com .

ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTHAMERICA

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (FOX), "The Next Great American Band" (FOX), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "American Inventor" (ABC), "Thank God You're Here" (NBC), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Property Ladder" (TLC), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Temptation" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).

ABOUT 19 ENTERTAINMENT

The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and has achieved over 40 No. 1 singles and 15 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top-40 albums and 170 Top-40 singles in the UK alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series to date have consistently topped children's viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, AMERICAN IDOL. "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the UK, while AMERICAN IDOL did the same for Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard in the United States.





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