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Lythgoe, Darnell spar at BAFTA panel

16 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox's reality guru Mike Darnell and "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe sparred at a lively panel discussion Thursday night about Britain's role in the reality boom on American television.

At the BAFTA event entitled "Another British Invasion", hosted by BAFTA and CAA, the two fired several back-and-forth zingers good enough to land them their own improv show.

"He's either a brilliant programr or an evil genius bent on hastening the end of civilization as we know it," Lythgoe, who moderated the panel, said in introducing Darnell.

"The latter", Darnell chimed in.

On another instance, Lythgoe turned to Darnell: "You've been a great leader, and when you've not led, you've copied." The barb, which drew laughs from the audience, was a reference to Darnell's reputation for launching copycat shows of his competitors' hits.

"But I've led the copying", Darnell replied.

And when Lythgoe, who serves as judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance", asked what Americans like about British on-air talent, Darnell was quick to note, "Not much, Nigel".

On a more serious note, the panel that included WMA's Mark Itkin, CAA's Michael Camacho and CBS" Ghen Maynard, agreed that there is a lot to like about British presenters hosting U.S reality series. »

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Fox's 'Idol' hands band together again

10 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America, the companies behind the megahit American Idol, are teaming for another music competition for Fox, this time featuring aspiring bands.

The network has greenlighted the series, tentatively titled "The Search for the Next Great American Band," which was created by Idol creator Simon Fuller. The Idol executive producing team of Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick and Cecile Frot-Coutaz are on board as executive producers.

American Band, considered a spinoff from Idol, will feature music groups of all ages, styles and genres competing for the "Next Great American Band" title and a recording contract.

Like Idol, there will be a series of auditions nationwide, and a panel of judges will narrow down the hopefuls to 10 semifinalists who will perform in front of a live studio audience.

Each week, the bands will be challenged to take on different music themes and styles. Viewers will vote for their favorites via telephone and text messaging and determine who stays in the competition.

Sources speculated that Fox might put American Band on in the fall when Idol is off. »

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'Idol' duo exits Emmy telecast

7 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"American Idol" executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have stepped down as exec producers of this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The 59th annual edition of the awards show will now be executive produced by Ken Ehrlich, the awards show veteran who has produced 27 Grammy telecasts and three Emmy shows, among others.

In a joint statement, Lythgoe and Warwick explained their decision to step down.

"After we wrapped the enormous effort of 'Idol Gives Back, ' we looked at our upcoming slate of projects, including the 'American Idol' finale and the additional shows we will be involved in this summer, and realized that we could not devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys outstanding for the academy and Fox," they said.

Fox and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced in February that Lythgoe and Warwick would be running the show (HR 2/22). There were high hopes that the duo would jazz up the telecast, with Warwick promising to produce "the best Emmys to date."

ATAS chairman and CEO Dick Askin, who made the announcement Friday with Fox Broadcasting Co. »

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Lythgoe, Warwick exit Primetime Emmy stage

5 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"American Idol" executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have stepped down as exec producers of this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The 59th annual edition will now be executive produced by Ken Ehrlich, an awards show veteran who has produced 27 Grammy telecasts and three Emmy shows including this year's Grammys and last year's Emmys.

"After we wrapped the enormous effort of 'Idol Gives Back, ' we looked at our upcoming slate of projects including the 'American Idol' finale and the additional shows we will be involved in this summer, and realized that we could not devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys outstanding for the academy and Fox," Lythgoe and Warwick said in a joint statement.

Fox and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the announcement in February that Lythgoe and Warwick would be running this year's Emmys (HR 2/22).

Said ATAS chairman and CEO Dick Askin: "We respect Nigel and Ken's decision and are fortunate that Ken Ehrlich has agreed to return to executive produce his fourth Primetime Emmy telecast. »

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'American Idol' Producers Leap to Cowell's Defense

20 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American Idol producers have leaped to the defense of competition judge Simon Cowell over reports he rolled his eyes during a contestant's tribute to the students of Virginia Tech University on Tuesday's show. Internet sites went crazy after the incident with critics accusing judge Cowell of being insensitive to singer Chris Richardson's message to friends caught up in the aftermath of Monday's campus massacre. The British music mogul was caught making a sarcastic gesture as Richardson said, "My hearts and prayers go out to Virginia Tech. I have a lot of friends over there... Be strong." but Cowell insisted his actions were directed at fellow judge Paula Abdul, whom he was having a conversation with. The 47-year-old - who offered his "best wishes" to the Virginia Tech students on Tuesday night's show - has now issued another denial to distance himself from the controversy, saying, "I may not be the nicest person in the world, but I would never disrespect those families or victims." And executive producers of the hit talent contest, Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, were quick to offer their support to Cowell. Warwick says, "He would be the biggest fool on television if he did that. And he's not a fool, believe me." Lythgoe adds, "This is a sad time for everyone, so it is especially disheartening that a quick camera cutaway could have been misinterpreted." »

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Next contest for 'Idol' duo: Emmys

21 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, executive producers of Fox's megahit American Idol, have been tapped to work their magic on the Emmy telecast.

The duo have been named executive producers of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 16 on Fox. The show is set to air live from 8-11 p.m. (with a tape-delay in the Pacific time zone) from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

In making the announcement, Peter Liguori, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co., and ATAS chairman and CEO Dick Askin praised Lythgoe and Warwick.

"Nigel and Ken have consistently raised the creative bar with their innovative work on 'American Idol, ' and we believe they will continue to do so during their first Emmy telecast," Liguori said.

Added Askin, "Nigel and Ken are terrific producers, and their expertise in live-event programming will be a major asset to this year's Primetime Emmy telecast."

Lythgoe noted that he and Warwick are up for the challenge by likening the Emmy show to an American Idol finale. »

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Abdul: "I've Never Been Drunk"

19 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American Idol judge Paula Abdul was devastated by reports last month she was inebriated during a series of TV interviews because she claims to never have been drunk in her life. Video clips of the 44-year-old popped up all over the internet showing her squirming in her seat and slurring her words during promotional appearances for the new season of the show. She tells American publication Us Weekly, "I've never been drunk. I have never done recreational drugs. Just look at my 20-year career. Tell me someone who is into partying and or doing drugs that could have done that." The singer does admit she has used prescription drugs in the past to treat inflammatory arthritis and a condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirms Abdul's claims adding, "She certainly doesn't do social drugs or even drink." »

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Love Duped by 'Idol' Imposter?

1 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe has slammed reports he approached Courtney Love about joining the hit show, insisting she must have been the victim of a prank caller. The former Hole rocker said on Tuesday she had been contacted by Lythgoe about becoming a judge on the reality talent competition, possibly as a replacement for Paula Abdul. She told American publication Us Weekly, "He called. He was wondering if I was interested. I thought it was kind of weird, but brilliant." Lythgoe denies the conversation took place telling the magazine, "I did not call Courtney Love and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me. Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy, and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them." A source close to Love adds, "It was probably a prank." »

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Paley TV fest looks at 'Idol,' 'Simpsons'

23 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A celebration of the phenomenon that is "American Idol" will kick off the 24th annual William S. Paley Television Festival, presented March 1-15 in Los Angeles by the Museum of Television & Radio.

This year's festival plans include an evening with "Star Wars" guru George Lucas on March 3 and panel sessions on NBC's "The Office" and "Heroes", ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" and "Ugly Betty", CBS' "Jericho", TNT's "The Closer", Showtime's "Dexter", FX's "Nip/Tuck" and Fox's "Prison Break".

The Paley Festival will close with a tribute to Fox's enduring animated comedy "The Simpsons" on the occasion of its landmark 400th episode. The night will include a preview of the show's upcoming summer theatrical release, "The Simpsons Movie".

"By connecting actors, directors, producers, media personalities, and TV fans in engaging public forums, (the museum) continues to drive the discussion about the creative and social relevance of television and emerging media in today's world," MT&R president Pat Mitchell said in announcing this year's lineup.

All Paley Festival events will be held at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.

The complete schedule follows:

American Idol

Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m

In Person: Paula Abdul (Judge), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (Executive Producer), Randy Jackson (Judge), Nigel Lythgoe (Executive Producer), Ryan Seacrest (Host), and Ken Warwick (Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

The Office

Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Leslie David Baker ("Stanley"), Brian Baumgartner ("Kevin"), Creed Bratton ("Creed"), Greg Daniels (Executive Producer/Director/Writer), David Denman ("Roy"), Jenna Fischer ("Pam Beesly"), Kate Flannery ("Meredith"), Melora Hardin ("Jan"), Ed Helms ("Andy"), Rashida Jones ("Karen"), Mindy Kaling ("Kelly"/Producer/Writer), Angela Kinsey ("Angela"), Howard Klein (Executive Producer), John Krasinski ("Jim Halpert"), Ken Kwapis (Director), Paul Lieberstein ("Toby")/Coexecutive Producer/Writer), B.J. Novak ("Ryan"/Producer/Writer), Oscar Nunez ("Oscar"), Craig Robinson ("Darryl"), Benjamin Silverman (Executive Producer), Phyllis Smith ("Phyllis"), and Rainn Wilson ("Dwight Schrute").

An Evening with George Lucas

Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: George Lucas.

Brothers & Sisters

Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Dave Annable ("Justin Walker"), Jon Robin Baitz (Creator/Executive Producer), Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer), Sally Field ("Nora Holden Walker"), Calista Flockhart ("Kitty Walker"), Balthazar Getty ("Thomas Walker"), Rachel Griffiths ("Sarah Walker Whedon"), Rob Lowe ("Senator McAllister"), Sarah Jane Morris ("Julia Walker"), Ken Olin (Executive Producer), John Pyper-Ferguson ("Joe Whedon"), Matthew Rhys ("Kevin Walker"), Ron Rifkin ("Saul Holden"), and Patricia Wettig ("Holly Harper").

The Closer

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

In Person: G.W. Bailey ("Detective Lieutenant Provenza"), Michael Paul Chan ("Lieutenant Mike Tao"), Raymond Cruz ("Detective Julio Sanchez"), Tony Denison ("Detective Andy Flynn"), James Duff (Executive Producer), Gil Garcetti (Consulting Producer), Robert Gossett ("Commander Taylor"), Gina Ravera ("Detective Irene Daniels"), Corey Reynolds ("Sergeant David Gabriel"), Michael M. »

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Paley fest honors TV, from 'Idol' to 'Simpsons'

23 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A celebration of the phenomenon that is "American Idol" will kick off the 24th annual William S. Paley Television Festival, presented March 1-15 in Los Angeles by the Museum of Television & Radio.

This year's festival plans include an evening with "Star Wars" guru George Lucas on March 3; panel sessions on NBC's "The Office" and "Heroes"; ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" and "Ugly Betty"; CBS' "Jericho"; TNT's "The Closer"; Showtime's "Dexter"; FX's "Nip/Tuck"; and Fox's "Prison Break".

The Paley Festival will close with a tribute to Fox's enduring animated comedy "The Simpsons" on the occasion of its landmark 400th episode. The night will include a preview of the show's upcoming summer theatrical release, "The Simpsons Movie".

"By connecting actors, directors, producers, media personalities, and TV fans in engaging public forums, (the museum) continues to drive the discussion about the creative and social relevance of television and emerging media in today's world," MT&R president Pat Mitchell said in announcing this year's lineup.

All Paley Festival events will be held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood.

The complete schedule follows:

American Idol

Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m

In Person: Paula Abdul (Judge), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (Executive Producer), Randy Jackson (Judge), Nigel Lythgoe (Executive Producer), Ryan Seacrest (Host), and Ken Warwick (Producer). Additional panelists to be announced.

The Office

Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Leslie David Baker ("Stanley"), Brian Baumgartner ("Kevin"), Creed Bratton ("Creed"), Greg Daniels (Executive Producer/Director/Writer), David Denman ("Roy"), Jenna Fischer ("Pam Beesly"), Kate Flannery ("Meredith"), Melora Hardin ("Jan"), Ed Helms ("Andy"), Rashida Jones ("Karen"), Mindy Kaling ("Kelly"/Producer/Writer), Angela Kinsey ("Angela"), Howard Klein (Executive Producer), John Krasinski ("Jim Halpert"), Ken Kwapis (Director), Paul Lieberstein ("Toby")/Coexecutive Producer/Writer), B.J. Novak ("Ryan"/Producer/Writer), Oscar Nunez ("Oscar"), Craig Robinson ("Darryl"), Benjamin Silverman (Executive Producer), Phyllis Smith ("Phyllis"), and Rainn Wilson ("Dwight Schrute").

An Evening with George Lucas

Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: George Lucas.

Brothers & Sisters

Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

In Person: Dave Annable ("Justin Walker"), Jon Robin Baitz (Creator/Executive Producer), Greg Berlanti (Executive Producer), Sally Field ("Nora Holden Walker"), Calista Flockhart ("Kitty Walker"), Balthazar Getty ("Thomas Walker"), Rachel Griffiths ("Sarah Walker Whedon"), Rob Lowe ("Senator McAllister"), Sarah Jane Morris ("Julia Walker"), Ken Olin (Executive Producer), John Pyper-Ferguson ("Joe Whedon"), Matthew Rhys ("Kevin Walker"), Ron Rifkin ("Saul Holden"), and Patricia Wettig ("Holly Harper").

The Closer

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

In Person: G.W. Bailey ("Detective Lieutenant Provenza"), Michael Paul Chan ("Lieutenant Mike Tao"), Raymond Cruz ("Detective Julio Sanchez"), Tony Denison ("Detective Andy Flynn"), James Duff (Executive Producer), Gil Garcetti (Consulting Producer), Robert Gossett ("Commander Taylor"), Gina Ravera ("Detective Irene Daniels"), Corey Reynolds ("Sergeant David Gabriel"), Michael M. »

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