4 items from 2010
Once CBS moved Survivor off of Thursdays, Fox knew it had to make a move. That’s how the net execs explain their decision to change the American Idol lineup from Tuesdays and Wednesdays to Wednesdays and Thursdays in January. “We’ve been thinking about this move years because Thursdays are so lucrative and so important to the network and the sales division,” explains Mike Darnell, Fox’s head of reality programming. “As a network, we’ve never been able to conquer that night. We’ve tried in some way for 20 years but we’ve never had anything big there. »
- Lynette Rice
“American Idol” is going to look a lot more like “Survivor” this season. A new set of challenges – because these contestants aren’t challenged enough to just stay on key – will enter the contest as Season 10 gears up, from who can make the best music video to self-promotion, TVGuide.com reported Thursday. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told the website that finalists will compete to see who works best with a band or a group of dancers, for instance. The show has also chopped its finalist field from 24 down to 12 – »
"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.
Parading yourself around a comedy stage for all and sundry to judge is not considered the most stable of career paths. But chucking a well timed punch line right in the face of stability, are some rather hilarious lesbian comedians.
Zoe Lyons, Susan Calman and Jen Brister have all been making a name for themselves on the British comedy circuit over the last couple of years and Great LezBritain has pissed many a pair of pants in the front row of their gigs.
We caught up with all three to find out how Zoe felt to be named as one of 2009’s influential British gays, why a group of lesbians once tried to ban »
- Sarah and Lee
When it comes to television you can blame Nigel Lythgoe for almost everything. Reality TV? He is the man behind the first UK series of Survivor, which came before Big Brother and begat I'm a Celebrity. Pop Idol? He brought its forerunner, Popstars, to our screens. Gladiators? Him too. The crop of dance shows spreading across our screens like a spandex fungus? Sort of.
Lythgoe co-created So You Think You Can Dance with 19's Simon Fuller in 2005 in the Us and his new UK version for BBC1 is battling Sky 1's Got to Dance and ITV's new series of Dancing on Ice for the nation's sequined heart. He's enjoying the battle but is convinced he'll win because "after six seasons in the Us I think we're about as close to the arts in a mainstream show as you can get. »
- Stephen Armstrong
4 items from 2010
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