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TCA 2011: Randy Jackson says AMERICAN IDOL judging panel will be very different

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, the AMERICAN IDOL judges and executive producers spoke about what Season 10 will be like. The big question, judge Randy Jackson says, has been who of the judges (Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and himself) are going to be the mean one like former judge Simon Cowell. “I’ve heard a lot of talk of who is going to be the tough one or the mean one,” says Jackson. “You still hear that from all three of us. We give them a full read. If it’s terrible, it’s terrible.” Jackson says […]Read On »

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Fox’s new series THE CHICAGO CODE changed its title because the show changed

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season One | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./Justin Stephens

While speaking at today’s Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Fox’s THE CHICAGO CODE creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals that the original concept of the show changed dramatically from when the pilot was picked up. “I wanted it to be about more than police officers,” he admits. “It became much more than I originally intended.” The original concept revolved around police officers on ridealongs, and through further development it became a multi-layered story about cops who are fighting crime and corruption in the city of Chicago. This also resulted in the re-titling of the series from RIDEALONG to […]Read On »

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Get Your Free 10-Song Alternative Music compilation from Hardline Entertainment

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TCA 2011: ABC’s OFF THE MAP used LOST ending to its advantage

Martin Henderson in OFF THE MAP - Season One | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

What happened when LOST ended its run in Hawaii? ABC utilized the infra-structure to launch its new medical show OFF THE MAP there. “The genesis for the idea came just as LOST was ending,” explains creator Jenna Bans who executive produces the show with Shondra Rhimes. “So many areas in [Hawaii] could double for South America.” In terms of how different it will be from ABC’s other medical shows executive produced by Rhimes (GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE) is it’s location. “What makes this show different from other medical shows on TV – these characters are not at the top of […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: PHINEAS AND FERB feature film in the works at Disney

PHINEAS AND FERB - "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" | ©2010 Disney Channel

Big news for PHINEAS AND FERB fans. At today’s Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA, Gary Marsh, President of Entertainment and Chief Creative officer of Disney Channel Worldwide revealed that a PHINEAS AND FERB theatrical feature film is being developed at Walt Disney Studios. “This is in the early stages, but [Walt Disney Pictures is developing a] theatrical feature,” says Marsh. “It will be live action and animation and will also involve the creators Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire.” This is on the heels of PHINEAS AND FERB being the most successful animated series for Tweens three years […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Why ABC thinks SKATING WITH THE STARS failed

Brooke Castile, Jonny Moseley in SKATING WITH THE STARS - Season One | ©2011 ABC/Adam Larkey

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee revealed what he thinks went wrong with the ratings bomb of SKATING WITH THE STARS. Part of the problem: airing it right after a great season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. “Not everything works, but [the shows] were probably too similar,” he admits. “If you had just finished an absolutely brilliant novel, you don’t want to start another one that night. The DNA was really too close together. We have this fabulous, culturally defining show, we would like to extend. We did take aa [time-out] with WIPEOUT […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about Wednesday’s forthcoming three-hour comedy block

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At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the decision to program a three-hour comedy block on Wednesday night, with the addition of new comedies HAPPY ENDINGS and MR. SUNSHINE starring Matthew Perry paired up with its already solid performers of THE MIDDLE, BETTER WITH YOU, MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN. “It’s certainly a risk,” admits Lee. “There is an appetite for comedies. Do audiences have an appetite of comedy at 10:00 pm? Yes, we know that’s true. It’s certainly a risk. We thought that HAPPY ENDINGS, which is an adult show, had […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about why it loves CASTLE & it’s 4th season renewal

Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 3 | ©2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced the fourth season renewal of CASTLE and spoke about why the show has proven to be such a success. “Like THE MIDDLE, I think CASTLE is an underrated show,” says Lee. “CASTLE showed its mettle and marks the target of our brand. It’s fun, entertaining, aspirational and bright. And it’s done fantastic against real competition.” CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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TCA 2011: ABC hopes the ‘V’ lizards won’t die

Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort, Logan Huffman, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure in V - Season Two | ©2010 ABC/photo by Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the strategy for V – Season 2 and hopes the numbers continue to be as strong as the season two premiere. “Those lizards just won’t die,” says Lee. “They keep coming back. We’re pleased with that. We wanted to give it space [by ordering] ten episodes, so we could quality control those episodes. We brought whole new ideas to it and amped up the adrenaline in that show to make sure it gets better and better.” CLICK HERE for ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with V […]Read On »

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