or


[01/11/10 - 03:33 PM]
Cowell Makes "Idol" Exodus Official
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "'The X Factor' starts right here," Simon Cowell said as he signed his contract during FOX's executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour.

"We reached an agreement formally about half past 10 this morning. That's the absolute truth," he explained prior to the signing. "And what we have come to, and what we've agreed, is that 'X Factor' will launch in America in 2011 with my judging the show and executive producing the show. Because of that, this will be my last season on 'American Idol' this year."

As for specifics, "X Factor" will launch in the fall of 2011 with an initial commitment of 40 hours between its performance and results shows. "Idol" will continue to air annually with a January start while "So You Think You Can Dance" will presumably bridge the two in the summer, essentially creating a year-round talent search for the network.

Not surprisingly, despite multiple queries, neither Cowell nor FOX chiefs Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice would speculate on how "Idol" will handle Cowell's departure or who will replace him. The group likewise was mum about potential judges/hosts for "Factor." (On Paula Abdul as an option: "I've gone on record - I adore Paula," Cowell said. "Whatever happens I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her.")

So why isn't Cowell doing both? "When we looked at the practicalities of that it just was impossible," Cowell said. "I made a commitment to staying on the show in the U.K. And I didn't think it was right, also, for me to do two shows in America."

And what's going to differentiate "Idol" from "X Factor" beyond their names? "There's no upper age limit on this show. You could literally be 100 years old. So Paula could audition. [Laughs.] Groups can enter, singing groups, but the most important part of the show is the fact that the judges mentor a selection of contestants so once you've been given a category [boys, girls, over 25s or groups] you are responsible for everything that happens in the latter part of the competition. So you're responsible for their styling, their choreography, their choice of song, so essentially the judge is judged [as well]."

As for his "Idol" legacy, Cowell admitted "I want to leave 'Idol' this year bigger and better than it's been before, I genuinely do... I think - we've begun the auditions - it feels fresh, it feels relevant. We're all excited about going back onto the show and that's what I intend to do. I hope it's going to be higher than it was last year."

Cowell however wasn't the only major topic of the hour as Reilly addressed the Conan O'Brien situation. "There's unfortunately not too much more we can really illuminate on this. We're kind of digesting it the same way you are. We're literally just sort of in the wowee mode right now. So I think really this is going to come down to - our position on late-night has been consistent all along... we've been in and out of that business and it's never entirely off the agenda. That is something we're always looking at. So we've been consistent in that."

"I love Conan personally and professionally but right now he's got a decision to make about his future. And until he makes that decision there really is no conversation to be had. We have not pursued it. We talked to his people who we are in business with on multiple fronts, we talk to them all the time. So we've had some informal conversations mostly about commiserating about the situation... that's really all we can tell you on that front."

Lastly, Reilly confirmed "Glee's" second season pickup as well as a new multi-part special due this summer which will follow a nationwide search to find three new characters. "We decided to let the audience [be] a part of that. There will not be a formal voting, the audience will not decide but the audience will certainly participate. We're going to pull back the curtain on the process. They'll give us their feedback on who they want and who they like and then the finalists, the winners will in fact be revealed in the first episode of the season."

Reilly also revealed that they're considering shooting multiple versions of said scenes with each of the finalists to prevent leaks.





  [january 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· GLEE (FOX)
· X FACTOR, THE (FOX)





[07/31/14 - 02:37 PM]
Join the Paladins from ABC's "The Quest," As They Live Tweet During the Series Premiere, Thursday, July 31
Join the 12 would be heroes as they live tweet during the East Coast Broadcast of tonight's premiere episode airing 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

[07/31/14 - 01:51 PM]
Showtime(R) Premieres Ray Donovan Webisodes "Behind the Fix" Starring Steven Bauer and Katherine Moennig
Fans will get an inside look on how Ray's (Liev Schreiber) team pulls off their "fixes," woven directly from the plotlines on screen.

[07/31/14 - 01:13 PM]
College Football: ESPN's Game and Studio Roster Includes More Than 100 On-Air Commentators
The lineup is highlighted by announcers with familiar and new assignments, the addition of former coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis, and nationally recognized former SEC players and renowned sportscasters on SEC Network.

[07/31/14 - 12:20 PM]
Here Comes the Bride: A Duggar Wedding Unveiled in an All-New Season of "19 Kids & Counting"
The series returns with all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/31/14 - 11:51 AM]
"Sharknado 2: The Second One" Devours the World - Record-Setting 3.9 Million Total Viewers and 1.6 Million Adults 18-49 for Syfy Original Movie
Syfy spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 30.

[07/31/14 - 11:40 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Announces the Start of Production on "The Christmas Shepherd" Starring Teri Polo and Martin Cummins
The film is part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas, featuring traditional and classic Christmas films suitable for family audiences.

[07/31/14 - 11:15 AM]
Bravo Media Acquires "The Real Housewives of Melbourne" Premiering Sunday 8/3 at 12PM ET/PT with Back-to-Back Episodes
The 12-episode series follows the lavish lives of six successful Melbourne socialites as they live life on their own terms and enjoy the pampered and cultured lifestyle that the "world's most liveable city" has to offer.

[07/31/14 - 11:11 AM]
FOX Sports Tees Up Faxon & Fay for 2015 USGA Championships Coverage Team
Eight-time PGA TOUR winner Brad Faxon and former USGA executive director David Fay will serve as analysts alongside host Joe Buck, analyst Greg Norman and reporter/host Holly Sonders.

[07/31/14 - 10:56 AM]
"Tonight Show" Tops "Kimmel" and "Late Show" Combined for the Late-Night Ratings Week of July 21-25 in 18-49, Hitting a Five-Week High
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of July 21-25.

[07/31/14 - 10:13 AM]
Video: "BoJack Horseman" - New Trailer
The Netflix series - due on Friday, August 22 - features the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins and Patton Oswalt.

[07/31/14 - 10:00 AM]
E! Celebrates "Chelsea Lately" Throughout August with a Star Studded Run Up to the Live Finale on August 26th
As this groundbreaking show ends, E!'s "Queen of Late Night" will welcome some of the biggest names in Hollywood throughout the month of August, as well as some of Chelsea's fabulous friends.

[07/31/14 - 09:56 AM]
BBC America Announces Special Programming and Nationwide Theatrical Events to Launch "Doctor Who's" First Season Starring Peter Capaldi
Chris Hardwick will host "Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show" at 7:30pm ET and "Doctor Who: After Who Live" at 11:00pm ET following the premiere of "Intruders" on August 23.

[07/31/14 - 09:21 AM]
Animal Planet's "Too Cute! Pint Sized" Delivers Double the Cute in Half the Time, Beginning August 16, at 8 PM ET/PT
Each episode focuses on two litters of the world's most delightful darlings, and with pint-sized episodes, the best moments of the first eight weeks of life are packed into one extra-cuddly half hour.

[07/31/14 - 09:10 AM]
Brady Quinn Joins FOX Sports for College Football & NFL Coverage
In the booth, Quinn pairs with two veteran play-by-play announcers, teaming with Tim Brando for college games and Dick Stockton when on NFL assignment.

[07/31/14 - 09:01 AM]
Cornell Bhangra Wins "Today's Got Talent" Contest, Joins the Top 48 Acts on NBC's "America's Got Talent"
The act will join the quarter-final rounds on "AGT" and perform live Tuesday, August 12 for the chance to win the $1 million prize.