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Posts Tagged ‘Nigel Lythgoe’

Mariah Carey Joining American Idol

Pop singer Mariah Carey will join American Idol next season as a judge on the sinking music competition series.

“I am so excited to be joining ‘American Idol,’” Carey said during the Television Critics Association on Monday. “This kind of all just happened really quickly.”

A judge that can actually sing? (Sorry, Jennifer Lopez) What a concept for a singing show.

As for Lopez, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is holding out hope that J-Lo could return for Season 13, per The Associated Press:

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.

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Dorothy Lucey Reminisces with Sam Rubin

When Dorothy Lucey took a seat next to Sam Rubin on the KTLA Morning News today, it was like old times at Sunset Bronson Studios. During the early part of the conversation, archive footage was shown of Rubin and Lucey rehearsing in a conference room for their one-time KTLA program.

Lucey, let go from Good Day LA on May 25 after seventeen years, talked about keeping in touch with Rubin over the years. She recalled one particular teary phone conversation with him about her behind-the-scenes struggles, to which Rubin responded – “Take the money!” Lucey says she knew for about two weeks beforehand that she was going to be let go from FOX.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

‘YouTube Is Becoming the World’s Biggest Focus Group’: Just when you thought the democratic sandbox of lowest-common-denominator entertainment was safe from the prying eyes of marketers and information-seekers, comes this. Oh well.

39584442.jpgMost Unexpected Paragraph(s) of the Day: In her op-ed piece about the Rob Lowe case, Rachel Abramowitz raises the specter of Anthony Pellicano: “…where’s Anthony Pellicano when you need him? … he definitely had a well-defined spot in the Hollywood food chain — fixer, interlocutor between celebrities and the populace, the man to call when your one-night stand, your nanny, your personal assistant, your housekeeper, yoga instructor, chakra cleanser, what-have-you decides to sue for slights real and imagined. … Obviously Pellicano was a bully, ready to smear the less powerful with impunity. But there could be a cool efficiency to how he operated.”

39617125-04115953.jpgIs This Photo An Editorial Statement? Elizabeth Snead dishes about how American Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe didn’t want George Bush to appear on the Idol Gives Back show — which is all fine and good, but what’s with the photo choice of Nigel as a clown?

In The Trades: Dolls, Idols,

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HBO and American Girl have made a deal to develop films, series, specials and documentaries, based on the American Girl dolls. Better idea would be dolls based on HBO products: G-String Divas, The Sopranos or Sex and the City.


Nigel Lythgoe
and Ken Warwick, eps of American Idol, will produce the Emmys. Look for a special call-in segment where America choses someone to do something.

Max Mutchnick, creator of Will and Grace, revisits his own life for a CBS pilot about a straight guy and his gay writing partner. Will and Grace was totally different as it was based on his sister’s life. Maybe he’ll try something Animal Planet next.

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Marc Cherry plans to spend his twilight years ABC windfall writing musicals. He signed with the network for 4 more years at a deal rumored to exceed $15 million. No Housewives: The Musical is planned, but wait til the cash runs out.

Brian Lowry exposes the secret behind Oprah’s success–daytime talk is for stupid people–as he analyzes her show featuring psychics.

TV Guide Channel ordered a new reality series from Magical Elves–America’s Next Producer. Prizes include $100k in cash, an office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with the network–where half the progamming is a crawl. YouTube gets better numbers.