American Idol: 2002 – ’16

Ryan Seacrest signed off the finale episode of American Idol Thursday night with, as TV critic Roger Catlin tweeted, a worrisome addendum: “So long America…for now.” There is some chatter that Idol will be back, and soon. The 15th and farewell season steadied at around 11 million viewers per week, still a strong draw, especially on Fox.… Read on

MIPCOM: come to buy shows, stay for the speakers

CANNES,  France–Once it ends, MIPCOM gets ripped down faster than a “Ford for Mayor” banner on Queen West. At the crack of four, workers began dismantling booths and carting away all the hype. The free WiFi got yanked around 16:05 CET. Basically thanks for coming, now get the hell to the airport, touristes. The four… Read on

Cowell talks about his other baby–X Factor

Cowell may be one of Fox’s biggest stars, but there are nopics of him from Thursday’s TCA session on their mediasite. Above: Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio & Kelly Roland BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–I always admire how the big mouth Brits commit to press tour. You never catch Simon Cowell ducking a panel because he’s now too… Read on

Britney Spears not ready for her X Factor close up

Reid, Spears, Lovato, Cowell, Hungadunga and McCormick BEVERLY HILLS, CA–Last summer, the buzz about The X Factor made it sound like the biggest thing to hit TV in years. Then it arrived and, well, shrunk.So it was almost cruel to see Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, along with L.A. Reid, blown up huge… Read on