Earlier Monday, veteran “Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said there’s a slender possibility that Jennifer Lopez might return. His reasoning: Since she told “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest she was 99 percent sure she was leaving, that means there’s a 1 percent chance she won’t, Lythgoe said Monday.
That should sum up how desperate the folks over at AI are for another competent judge.
“I honestly feel the time has come to get back to do what I do. I have put it on hold because I love Idol so much. You have a lot of other responsibilities and other things you want to do,” Lopez told Seacrest. ”We had an amazing run.” Read more
In today’s LA Times, Patrick Goldstein, that brick-throwing radical, suggests that the Oscar producers are too old, too stuck in variety shows and that recruiting some fresh ideas from ESPN or FOX Sports might save the broadcast “event”.
We think forget sports, and look at reality shows.
Why not have the Best Song nominees warbled by the Best Actor nominees, ala American Idol?
Screenwriters can try their luck at acting out their scripts.
Editors should recut each other’s movies into very short YouTube films.
And new hosts? Why not Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho with Gary Busey working the red carpet? Other than the whole good taste issue.
Cinematical’s Chris Campbell has some intriguing ideas as well, but his readers are livid:
these have to be some of the most stupid suggestions i have ever heard… and i am soooooo trying to take them as the joke i pray for them to be.
Whatever. The Movie Blog has some suggestions below, but boy, do they need an editor–this is slow.
CEO Rupert Murdoch said Fox has already sold 95% of its ad inventory for the Super Bowl and is getting as much as $2.7 million for some ad spots –a new record. During the same earnings call with Wall Street analysts, News Corp. COO Peter Chernin ventured that the strike will most likely be fiscally positive as the company could save money on shooting pilots and in other areas. (This could have been said to intimidate the strikers, of course.) Overall company revenues were up 19% to $7.1 billion.
American Idol, which is not a WGA show, returns in January. But 24–even though half the episodes are done–isn’t on the schedule. Fox said it wants to ensure that series–now in its 7th season–will have a continuous run to the finale.