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Fox ready to sign on “Idol” for three more years into 2014

It’s been a week since I’ve reported any real “Idol” news at all. Not that there was much going on per se, beyond Carrie Underwood’s engagement to her hockey playing fiance.

Here are some bits and pieces:

-The New York Post wrote a story noting that “Idol” fans aren’t all that heated about Simon Cowell possibly leaving after the 2010 season. Is he not as important as we thought he was? I may post that as a poll question when more people are reading this blog.

- Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox is ready to sign “Idol” for another three seasons beyond its current contract, which runs through 2011. That means “Idol” into season 13 or 2014. Clearly, Fox is ready to run with the show minus Cowell while he joins “X Factor.”

Fox would prefer to bundle a “Factor” agreement with at least another season of Cowell judging “Idol.” But by quitting “Idol,” Cowell could make his participation on “Factor” a bigger event. One potential compromise is that Cowell could take a smaller role on “Idol” in 2011 — judging the Hollywood rounds, for example, but not the auditions. Fox was originally planning “Factor” for the fall of 2010. But delays in the Sony deal have pushed the show to an expected 2011 premiere date.

Jennifer Hudson’s people said she is not pregnant, despite rumors otherwise.

Kat McPhee unbroken-Kat McPhee’s album is now streaming on her MySpace and Facebook pages. The publicist last week actually made Kat available to me last week but I was on vacation. So we’ll see if I can grab her this week or next.

Her single “Had It All” isn’t half bad, certainly better than anything from her first album. It has gotten virtually no traction on radio, with only two stations having spun it more than 100 times (including XM/Sirius’ the Blend), according to Mediabase 24/7.

Susan Boyle isn’t really “Idol” but she is tied to Cowell. She is set to have the biggest selling album this year, passing Taylor Swift, according to the New York Daily News. That’s 3 million copies in a month. Wow!

18 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 29th, 2009
12:29 pm

Thanks Rodney. I wonder if the Simon “news” isn’t yet another ploy to get some early buzz for Idol. In other words, I’m not going to get “heated” about it until I’m certain that it will happen.

Hope you get the McPhee interview.

why

December 29th, 2009
1:00 pm

great, three more years of crap tv. somebody give kat mcphee a cheeseburger. ugh! she looks terrible with blond bimbo hair too…unbroken my a$$.

Mercedes S.

December 29th, 2009
1:12 pm

Kat McPhee has every right to play with her hair and make up – she’s an artist isn’t she? And her bimbo look is way better than either Lady Gaga’s or Madonna’s.

JTesla

December 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

What’s funny is that Why thinks there will only be “three more years of crap tv” LOL Based on the amount of crap there was before Idol, and during Idol, I’m willing to bet that there will be plenty of crap after Idol.

harriett

December 29th, 2009
5:29 pm

Hello all. And, Neg, great to see you back here, along with WE, KPH, and others. That means the new season is not far behind! I have been so busy with being off, that I have not had any time for my computer at home! LOL! And, my grandson will be here tomorrow to spend the New Year holiday with me. He and I have, for years, rung in the New Year together. I cannot believe how much stuff there has been for me to take care of while off from work. Linny, thanks for the Merry Christmas text message.

Highlander

December 29th, 2009
5:39 pm

Right again, JT! How long will it be before TV executives think we’ve had enough of these other “reality” shows?! So much Jerry Springer-esque drivel repackaged as ‘reality’ entertainment.

And how much longer will CBS and NBC try to live off all the CSI and Law And Order shows. Sometimes I think each franchise has only 14 or 15 scripts that they rotate among the different spin-offs!

At least Idol is an actual competition show that is usually giving us fresh content. Maybe that’s why (despite all the doom and gloom) it’s still the #1 rated show and biggest money maker on TV!

(I’m just sayin’!) ;-)

Lar

December 29th, 2009
7:00 pm

I just finished watching an old episode of All in the Family. Now that was funny TV. Still checking in from time to time. Looking forward to new season of Idol.

Deirdre

December 29th, 2009
7:44 pm

Hey Lar! It’s fun having regulars peeking in before the season starts. come on, everybody, let us know that you’ll be joining us.

Highlander has hit the nail on the head. While we talk about how same-o/same-o Idol is from year to year, the fact is that the new contestants bring us a new show. We have stuff to talk about BECAUSE the contestants change every year and BECAUSE our focus is on the contestants…not the judges…not Ryan Seacrest…..and certainly not on any of the ludicrous changes that the show attempts to foist on us every year.

WE LIKE THE SINGERS!!!!!!!!!!!

terri miller

December 29th, 2009
9:40 pm

I’m sorry they added another guy!! to the judges. I thought it was supposed to be two women and two men!!!

Deirdre

December 30th, 2009
8:12 am

Morning!

Kris Allen is rumored to be performing in the Philippines in Feb. Gotta love those fans!

And for those of you who have been wondering what Clay Aiken is up to, the following may surprise you(thanks mj):

http://mjsbigblog.com/clay-aiken-blogs-on-somalia-as-unicef-ambassador.htm#more-14231

JTesla

December 30th, 2009
9:30 am

Morning all.

Thanks Deirdre, but it doesn’t surprise me. A surprise would be if he released a hit album, he is a good person and I expect him to do good works.

Deirdre

December 30th, 2009
9:38 am

Thank goodness you spoke, JT! I thought the world had come to an end and I’d missed it!

I agree! Clay has always been a good person. Just thought a reminder wouldn’t hurt.

JTesla

December 30th, 2009
11:23 am

It’s just you and I Deirdre, the rest of the world… POOF.

kelly&carriefan

December 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

Well, shoot…can I join y’all? Just a quiet day it seems. We better enjoy the calm before the storm. ;)

Rodney Ho

December 30th, 2009
3:11 pm

Calm before the storm indeed! New blog entry up for those who are even around this holiday week…

Vanessa

December 30th, 2009
6:22 pm

American Idol is dead to me! im not watching it without Paula.

hi

December 30th, 2009
6:34 pm

lost interest when Paula left. stoked about american x factor instead, since I got reasons to believe Paula will be on it. I definitely wont watch idol again

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