ABC’s reboot of American Idol is going The Voice route, casting an A-list singer as its first judge. I wish it’d go back to its roots instead. Here’s why.
It’s official: ABC has acquired American Idol from its production companies, and the show will return in 2018. No hosts or judges were announced today.
Will ABC buy American Idol? Will Ryan Seacrest return to host? Reports and rumors are increasing as networks’ upfront presentations get closer.
American Idol has been off the air less than one year, and already there is talk that NBC might buy and reboot the show. Let’s look at reasons why they’d do that.
The company that was founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller is now bankrupt and suing one of the show’s winners for more than $5 million.
What the creator of Pop Idol and American Idol said in a recent interview offers some insight into Ryan Seacrest’s final two words on the Fox series.
Some thoughts about how I have no more thoughts to add about American Idol on the even of its finale. How excited are you to read that?
While American Idol used to be capable of unscripted surprise, the show itself offers very little of that any more. (For sure, the final season will attempt some, and perhaps succeed.) If anything, though, that’s the story of the what the show has become: it has failed to refresh itself and instead withered into stagnation, even despite the changes in its judging panel.
But here are four things I learned this week about the show that genuinely surprised me.
American Idol is finally making a change in its last season that, had it been made earlier, could conceivably have helped the show last longer: cutting the season by more than a month.
Fox Television chairs and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman talked with TV critics this morning at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. They talked about the network’s reality TV, including American Idol and Knock Knock Live. Inspired by this brief Twitter exchange with USA TODAY critic Robert Bianco, here are some things they… continue reading
American Idol has been cancelled and will air just one more season in the U.S., but that didn’t stop its parent company from threatening a Brooklyn charity event that uses the word “Idol” in its title. Yes, Brooklyn Senior Idol–which reports say raises money for the AARP and a high school band–received a cease and… continue reading
We have now reached a point in reality television where the original reality behemoth, Survivor, has reclaimed its title over the show that dominated all of television for years: American Idol. Yes, the 14th season finale of Idol, half of which aired opposite Survivor Worlds Apart, was easily beaten by the CBS series. Only 8.03… continue reading
Fox is cancelling American Idol after its 15th season, which will air next spring. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr., will return for the final season’s judges, as will Ryan Seacrest as host, of course. The final season, Fox announced, will “pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and… continue reading
Survivor Worlds Apart lost 12 percent of its viewers 18 to 49 between this week and last, but the series still crushed American Idol–and basically all other shows on Wednesday night. In Wednesday ratings, Survivor‘s 2.2 and 9.35 million viewers easily beat Fox’s American Idol, which had a 1.4 rating and 7.63 million viewers. The CBS… continue reading
Hollywood Week is always my favorite part of American Idol, in part because it deviates the most from the singing-on-a-stage format and resembles non-competition reality TV shows. I always wanted to see more of their off-stage lives, but after flirting with mansion footage, the show stuck to its studio roots. Hollywood Week is the one incongruous part, and it’s… continue reading