Syndicated American Idol will debut in September

The syndicated version of American Idol will be known as American Idol Rewind, and it’ll be edited to not waste your time, unlike the regular version.

The episodes will be edited to “include never-before-seen footage shot during that first season … and new footage that focuses on how key contestants lived through their ordeals.” A press release calls the new show “streamlined” and “fast paced.”

Tribune is distributing the series, which will start airing on weekends in September. The show “has already been cleared on Tribune and Sinclair stations representing 55% of the country and nine of the top 10 markets,” Variety reports.

‘Idol’ plans unwrapped [Variety]
America’s Most Popular Television Series ‘American Idol’ to be Syndicated as ‘American Idol Rewind’ [press release]

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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