TCA 2011: How different is THE X-FACTOR vs. AMERICAN IDOL? Fox explains


With Simon Cowell bringing THE X-FACTOR to America this Fall on Fox, the inevitable question about how different it will be from AMERICAN IDOL was bound to come up at today’s Winter TCA 2011 Fox session in Pasadena, CA. According to Fox Entertainment Chairman, he doesn’t feel the two shows will cannibalize each other and that he doesn’t feel that the proliferation of talent shows on other networks will diminish the impact of either. “We have the sort of the biggest and largest in AMERICAN IDOL and X-FACTOR has Simon Cowell and they’re going to run at different times of […]Read On »


TCA 2011: Fox talks more about LOCKE & KEY adaptation

LOCKE & KEY #1 comic book

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly revealed some new information about their new horror series LOCKE & KEY based on the graphic novel by Joe Hill. “It’s really cool,” he reveals. “[Robert] Kurtzman and [Roberto] Orci had this property in their back pocket that Joe Hill created. There was a real underlying vision of original property. [Showrunner] Josh Friedman came in  and knocked us out with his vision. It’s a unique piece of material. We like the idea of doing something scary right now” Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice adds, […]Read On »


TCA 2011: LIE TO ME still on bubble for renewal

© 2010 Fox/photo: Mathieu Young | Tim Roth in LIE TO ME - Season Three

Although LIE TO ME, which stars Tim Roth, has been a solid performer by Fox, it’s fate is still on the bubble according to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. “I like to believe there’s more upside to LIE TO ME,” he said while speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA. “It’s delivered a very loyal audience. When we stumbled with LONE STAR, it came in cold [into the Monday night timeslot].” The big problem, according to Reilly, is the wealth of good material on the network and the lack of time slots moving into the fall. “We […]Read On »


TCA 2011: Could HOUSE and BONES not be renewed for next season?

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season Seven | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Justin Stephens

Okay. So the sky isn’t falling … just yet, but at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly admitted that the reason why HOUSE and BONES haven’t been renewed for next season comes down to contract negotiations. “Both shows are creatively important to us,” Reilly says. “I anticipate both will be back. We want them both. It’s more about ‘can we make a deal.’”


TCA 2011: Fox says don’t write “eulogy” for FRINGE on Fridays

Blair Brown and Joshua Jackson in FRINGE - Season Three - "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep" | ©2010 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Much has been said about the move of FRINGE to Friday nights on Fox, but at today’s Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA,  Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says, “I beg you to not write the eulogy.” “It’s a show we’re passionate about,” says Reilly. “It’s a show we’re passionate about. Friday is a troubled night. Contrary to performance we had on that night, it’s not a free night for us. We’re continually looking for the solution to the night. We were happy to see it show up on a number of top ten lists. It’s like a mini-movie […]Read On »


TCA 2011: Jennifer Lopez explains why she wanted to be an AMERICAN IDOL judge

Jennifer Lopez in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

What would provoke Jennifer Lopez to join the AMERICAN IDOL judging panel with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler in its 10th Season? How about helping others? While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Lopez admits she wanted to help up and comers. “In this business where I’ve learned a lot of things, I thought about where else I could put [this experience] to good use and help other artists,” Lopez admits. “We’re not here to break people down, we’re here to help kids move through it. At the end of the day, America is voting. We’re […]Read On »


TCA 2011: AMERICAN IDOL judge Steven Tyler says AEROSMITH is not dead and working on new album

Steven Tyler in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, singer Steven Tyler who is a judge on this year’s AMERICAN IDOL confirmed that Aerosmith is not dead, even though he’s doing IDOL. “We’re just on a break,” he admits. “What people don’t know is we did a South American tour. We’re still rocking big time. We have one more album for Sony and we’re working on it at the end of January. We’re starting to write songs. We booked a tour for November and December. Aerosmith is so much bigger than I am. The band isn’t dead. It […]Read On »


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 »


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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