American Idol “is ratings crack for Fox”; “gamble pays off” for BMG.

American Idol “is ratings crack for Fox”; “gamble pays off” for BMG.
With its continued success, American Idol is “ratings crack for Fox,” a network executive “with ties to” the show tells the New York Times. The paper asks if “the show’s reliance on a brand of pop music some find stale could turn off younger music fans,” and asks if “Fox [is] following the same ill-fated path of oversaturation that ABC took three years ago” with game shows. While the show was on last August and September for “a total of 22.5 hours, this latest one totaled almost 39 hours,” and the paper reports that sources say when it returns, the show will be on for 40 hours, although FOX execs deny that. Another winner besides FOX is BMG, whose RCA division gets to sign whichever contestants it wants to. Reuters reports the show “has been a hit-generating machine and has undoubtedly slashed [RCA chair Clive] Davis’ A&R costs at a time when the industry is struggling through a steep downturn.”

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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