FOX planning junior American Idol.

FOX planning junior American Idol.
Planned American Idol spin-offs include Second Chance Idol, featuring has-been stars, and World Idol, a competition between winners from the shows all around the world. Now, FOX has announced plans to produce a version of the show featuring kids ages 6 to 12. The show won’t be a direct clone; Variety reports that “producer Simon Fuller has talked about using a talent competition format to launch a kiddie band dubbed ‘The AJs’ (American Juniors), and industry insiders said it’s very likely the new Fox project will follow that pattern.” It will air this summer.
+ plus: NBC plans America’s Most Talented Senior contest.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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