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Over the past two decades, veteran producer and president of Bayonne Entertainment, Rob Lee, has produced more than 500 hours of scripted and non-scripted programming, including Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Euros of Hollywood,” and Own’s “Love In The City.” Previously, he produced “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” for MTV, and NuvoTV’s “House Of Joy.”
If that’s not enough to make you dizzy, Lee is also producing several pilot presentations, including “Fountain of Youth” for HBO, “The Post Game” for USA, and “Family Love” for Bravo.
Lee spoke with TheWrap about what it takes to keep a long-running show fresh, »
- Itay Hod
Coke adds life, or so a popular 1976 ad slogan for the popular soda once bragged. It has certainly done just that for “American Idol,” the venerable Fox program that has long featured big cups festooned with logos for various drinks made by Coca-Cola laid out on its judges’ table. What Coke adds, however, it can also take away.
After more than a decade as one of the top sponsors of “Idol,” Coca-Cola is cutting ties to the program, the company said in a statement. Coca-Cola will instead work with Fox in other ways. “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point,” the Atlanta beverage company responded when asked why it was leaving the show.
Coca-Cola departs as Madison Avenue has noticeably cut its support of “American Idol, »
- Brian Steinberg
Talk of Idol being “more streamlined” in Season 14 began back in mid-May, when then-Fox president Kevin Reilly speculated that, with ratings waning, the onetime reality behemoth would transition to a “two-hour show on one night for most of its run.”
Seacrest confirmed that to be the latest thinking even in the wake of Reilly’s exit in late May. (Dana Walden and Gary Newman took the reins at Fox Broadcasting in July.) “We are going to do the »
Fox’s reality-singing behemoth has named Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and the man who helped launch Taylor Swift, to replace the outgoing Jackson as Season 14 mentor.
Perhaps more importantly, however, Borchetta’s relationship with the next Idol champ “will extend past the show’s finale,” the network announced. “Borchetta’s Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch of his/her recording career. The winner will join Borchetta’s record label roster of superstar talent, »
Borchetta is known in the music biz as the exec who discovered Taylor Swift when she was all of 14. The deal calls for “Idol’s” next winner to record for Big Machine Records, which will join “Idol” partners Universal Music Group and 19 Entertainment and steering the hopeful’s career.
Fox and “Idol” producers 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America are under enormous pressure to revive the franchise after viewership took a huge dive this past year.
Fox confirmed that “Idol” will launch Jan. 7 with an hourlong telecast followed by a two-hour seg the following night.
“There’s only one reason I’m doing this: ‘American Idol’ has proven again and again that it can launch superstars. I believe that working with these young artists the same way we work with new artists at the Big »
- Variety Staff
Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta, the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the forthcoming 14th season, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. A Fox representative would not comment. Borchetta is due to take over for departed mentors Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine in a role that involves working with the talent as they prepare for each week’s live show and theme night. His expertise will be a key factor, as the 52-year
- Michele Amabile Angermiller, Shirley Halperin
Seeking the next Taylor Swift! Scott Borchetta, the President and CEO of the BIg Machine Label Group, is slated to be announced as the new mentor on the upcoming season 14 of American Idol, a source exclusively reveals to Us Weekly. According to the insider, Borchetta will fill the void left by Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine on the beloved reality competition series that launched the careers of previous winners including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Borchetta, 52, is credited with discovering Swift at age 14, when he [...] »
“The first mandatory stop … in the awards season” – New York Times “The Hollywood Film Awards has become a pre-Oscar showcase” – Los Angeles Times “The Race Is On! The Hollywood Awards Launch the Push toward Oscar” – Associated Press The Hollywood Film Awards® made it’s television debut live from the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. To celebrate the ceremony’s premiere, CBS expanded its primetime Friday night lineup, beginning at 7:30 Pm (live Et/delayed Pt) with a red carpet pre-show and capping the night with a star-studded one-hour post-show at 10:00 Pm (live Et/delayed Pt) hosted by “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell. The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 17 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. The 2014 winners are: »
Exclusive: Topher Grace’s musical comedy One Shot has added another crooner to its cast. Singer-songwriter and record producer Jc Chasez, a founding member of the seminal boy band *Nsync, will join Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new play to save the show’s opening night.
Grace is starring as said stage manager in addition to producing the indie film, which shoots next month in Mexico City. Chasez will play Grace’s nemesis, the star of the musical play within the movie who sleeps with his ex-girlfriend. Isaac Rentz is directing from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi. Daniel Posada and Jason Tamasco are also producing One Shot for Mexico-based Dark Factory Entertainment with Alex Garcia of Ag Studio.
Chasez dabbled in acting with guest starring roles »
- Jen Yamato
It’s hard to believe that American Idol will be entering its 14th season this coming year, but it will be and now we know when it will begin. The newest season of American Idol will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 with a one-hour episode at 8 p.m. The Season 14 premiere will then continue with a two-hour installment the next night on Thursday, Jan 8, at 8 p.m. The first episodes of American Idol Season 14 will feature auditions in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. All three of last year’s judges—Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.—will return, although Idol alum Adam Lambert will be a special guest judge filling in for Urban during the New York auditions. One member of the Idol team who will not be returning is longtime judge and last year’s mentor Randy Jackson, who announced his »
- Chris King
After a somewhat rough fall, Fox is slowly making announcements for the spring of 2015, revealing a two-night premiere for "American Idol" and a launch for the already-heavily-promoted musical drama "Empire." Season 14 of "American Idol," also know as "AI, Ad" ("American Idol, After Dawg"), will begin with a two-night three-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. There are still plenty of questions remaining. "Idol" typically has one airing schedule for the auditions through Hollywood Week, followed by a different schedule for live performance shows and results. So will "Idol" be airing twice a week in that initial phase, followed by the previously announced once-per-week plan? Or has everything changed? It's a mystery. For now, we know that "Empire," starring Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. after "Idol." The premiere will air with limited commercial interruption. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hollywood Film Awards: What Went Down and Why It Mattered Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams; Hollywood Actress Award winner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” presented by Kristen Stewart; Hollywood Supporting Actor Award winner Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” presented by Robert Downey Jr.; Hollywood Supporting Actress Award winner Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Christoph Waltz; Hollywood Ensemble Award winner “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum), presented by Jonah Hill; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award winner Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars,” presented by Laura Dern; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award winner Eddie Redmayne »
"I think the competition needs talent like...You!" "American Idol" is retuning in 2015, and a new promo reminds viewers that they could be witnessing the birth of a new star, in the tradition of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips, and Jennifer Hudson, who all appear in the clip, set to Jesse J. and Ariana Grande's infectious "Bang Bang." Judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban will all be returning, along with host Ryan Seacrest. Randy Jackson recently announced he's exiting the show after 13 seasons. Watch the promo here: "Idol" will cross the country looking for contenders, including stops in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. "American Idol" returns in January. »
- Dave Lewis
The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season™, will air tonight, Friday, November 14 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on CBS live from the Hollywood Palladium. The Hollywood Film Awards has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Host Queen Latifah will welcome Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Simon Helberg, Jonah Hill, Ron Howard, Randy Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Mike Myers, Jack O’Connell, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pratt, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock, Hilary Swank, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe will also take to the stage for a special musical performance. The Hollywood Film Awards kick off at 7:30 Pm live »
Diamond Dan lap dances for everybody!: Fox has ordered more episodes of The Mindy Project.
The network announced on Friday that it has added six additional episodes to Mindy‘s current order, bringing the Season 3 total to 21.
The order suggests that Fox has faith in the comedy, which has struggled in the ratings this season.
Per Fox, Mindy averages 3.1 million viewers each week and sees significant gains when DVR viewing is factored in.
Are you happy to get more Mindy? Sound off in the comments!
Tonight the Hollywood Film Awards® will make their television debut on CBS, but what exactly is this show that has actually trademarked the tagline "Official Launch of the Award Season™" and declares they "launch the awards season" and that "over the past 17 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins"c Well, it's just that, it's a so-called "awards" ceremony where the "winners" are more-or-less hand-picked by publicists. They aren't necessarily awards as much as they are curated attempts at headlines on the campaign trail. Carlos de Abreu is listed as the Founder and Executive Producer of the Hfa. His bio lists him as "an Internet pioneer" (whatever that means) and founder and CEO of the Hollywood Network® Inc. He was also a jet pilot in the Portuguese Air Force, but perhaps most importantly he has experience in brand marketing, which is pretty much all the Hollywood Film Awards are. »
- Brad Brevet
Mindy Project fans, you’re about to meet the man who first Crtl+Alt’d Dr. Lahiri’s V.
Related Mindy Kaling on Mindy Project’s Pivotal Pair: ”I Love You’ Is Not Their Issue’
When Mindy knew Pace’s character, Alex, he was a nerdy college student. Now, he’s a millionaire (and rather good-looking, to boot).
Pace, who currently stars in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is booked for only one episode as of now. »
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact," sang Bruce Springsteen in the song "Atlantic City." "But maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
The Boss might have been singing about this week's happenings in the world of television, events that proved once again that TV is a rest home where nothing ever truly dies and everything can someday return to life (with only a minimum of zombie-creepiness). In the world of television (which includes streaming online video, where everything from last night's Jimmy Fallon shenanigans to the most ancient and obscure TV arcane is just a click away), there is a galaxy of possibilities cobbled together from pop culture jetsam; there are alternate universes where amazing shows by unlikely auteurs exist, or where those shows debut when we want them to instead of years too late; and there are realms where the inability of anything to become permanently lost in the »
- Gary Susman
After 20 years, Woody Harrelson is back to host SNL - Splitsider Is Randy Jackson really leaving American Idol? - BuddyTV Watch this hilarious tribute to Charlie Hunnam's back on Sons of Anarchy - Vulture 22 fan-favorite TV characters who appeared late in the show - HitFix See the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunite - HuffPost Entertainment The Big Bang Theory star Carol Ann Susi passes away at 62 - Moviefone Paul Wesley is directing another episode of Tvd - The Vampire Diaries 4 totally untrue facts movies love to quote - Cracked American Horror Story memes that are perfect for Wednesdays - Moviepilot The ultimate gift guide for Disney-loving grown-ups - Popsugar Love & Sex »
Fox is losing their second to last only original member left of American Idol, Randy Jackson. The legendary music producer stepped away this last season as a judge to be a mentor. However, he is now officially leaving the show. He has stayed on for 13 seasons, making him the only original judge who stayed attached to the show. Now with failing ratings he made the announcement to jump ship. Fox is aware of their series losing steam, hence why they have adjusted the schedule for the 14th season coming up.
I am sad to see him leave. He was perhaps one of the better judges as he actually knew what works. However, he has had a long run with the show and we can see why he would desire to leave it. It would allow him to step back to his music world and perhaps work on new projects in »
- Sarah Peel
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