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Posts from: May 2012

Phillip Phillips single sales set Idol record

American Idol‘s WGWG winner can move music: Phillip Phillips’ “Home” sold 278,000 downloads last week, landing at number two and leapfrogging over most of his fellow alumni. That’s “the biggest sales week for any Idol winner’s coronation single since SoundScan began tracking downloads in 2003” and “the fourth-largest debut of the year,” Billboard reports. Billboard …

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A list of reality shows TV critics should nominate (thus avoiding embarrassment)

Members of the Television Critics Association have 48 hours to nominate shows for this summer’s TCA awards, and that includes nominating, from thin air, two reality shows. Last year, that resulted in an embarrassing list: of all the quality reality television on cable and broadcast networks, we picked the predictable, obvious, highly publicized shows. As …

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Nigel Lythgoe’s angry response to Fox president’s Idol criticism

Nigel Lythgoe may executive produce the most-popular TV series–not just reality TV series–in the country, but American Idol‘s ratings dip combined with lack of enthusiasm from the season led to criticism, including from his boss at Fox, and now he’s fighting back. Specifically, he responds to comments earlier this month from Fox entertainment president Kevin …

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