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After three seasons, Fox canceled The X Factor in February, amid dismal ratings that plunged year after year despite ploys like adding Britney Spears to the judging panel. The show never came close to matching the popularity of Cowell's other export, American Idol.
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- Liz Raftery
Some major upcoming mid-season TV series have locked in premiere dates over the past day or two.
The most high-profile is the "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul" which AMC has revealed will score a high-profile two-night debut. The premiere episode will air on Sunday February 8th at 10pm, immediately following the midseason return of "The Walking Dead" at 9pm.
The second episode will then air the next night, Monday February 9th at 10pm, with the next eight episodes of the first season to air weekly in that Monday 10pm timeslot.
Amazon has announced that they intend to debut all ten episodes of their new dramedy "Mozart in the Jungle" on their Prime Instant Video service on December 23rd. Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows and Bernadette Peters star in the series which is set against New York's classical music scene.
Fox has announced a bunch of TV dates »
- Garth Franklin
"Here tonight is a band who are the runner-up on American Idol, wasn't it fellas," Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson joked introducing Metallica on the penultimate night of the metal gods' week-long residency. With only two nights left, Metallica decided to bust out "one of their signature tunes," as Ferguson put it, "a song called 'Enter Sandman.'"
Related: Metallica to Issue 27 Live Albums by Year's End
There's nothing flashy about this version of their biggest Black Album track — just another polished, kick-ass performance by a Rock and Roll »
Fox has announced their winter premiere dates for new and returning shows -- season three of MasterChef Junior (Tuesday, January 6th), American Idol (Wednesday, January 7th), Glee (Friday, January 9th), World's Funniest Fails (Friday, January 16th), Backstrom (Thursday, January 22nd), The Last Man on Earth (Sunday, March 1st), The Following (Monday, March 2nd), Hell's Kitchen (Tuesday, March 3rd), and Weird Loners (Tuesday, March 31st).
In addition, they're revealed that the two-hour series finale of Glee will air on Friday, March 20th.
Here's the press release:
Fox Announces Additional Winter Premiere Dates, Including "Glee's" Final 13-episode Season
New Unscripted Series "World's Funniest Fails" (working title) Debuts Friday, January 16
Kudos to Fox for milking two days of news reports out of an otherwise unified announcement of its midseason schedule. After we reported yesterday that "American Idol" and "Empire" will premiere on January 7, Fox rolled out its entire midseason overhaul, including premiere dates for new drama "Backstrom," new comedies "The Last Man on Earth" and "Weird Loners," a new reality offering called "World's Funniest Fails" and returns for new seasons of "MasterChef Junior," "The Following" and "Hell's Kitchen." Fox also revealed plans for the final season of "Glee." After a fairly rough fall -- "Gotham" and "MasterChef Junior" are among the few unvarnished positives -- it's no wonder that Fox's changes touch every night of primetime. Let's look at the winter/spring premieres, jumping between chronological order and night-by-night. There will be a handy, but complicated, chart at the bottom of the page when this confuses you. Up first is »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox is moving “Glee” to Fridays for its sixth and final season, which wraps with a two-hour season finale on March 20, 2015. The network also announced premiere dates for several new shows, including Rainn Wilson’s comedy-drama series “Backstrom” and Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth.”
“Glee’s” final season kicks off Jan. 16 with a two-hour premiere, followed by the launch of YouTube series “World’s Funniest Fails,” which features comedians discussing the worst “epic fails” of the week.
“Backstrom,” starring Wilson plays as an unruly detective, premieres Jan. 22 while Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth” bows March 1. Fellow comedy “Weird Loners” will premiere March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Returning for its 14th season, “American Idol” opens Jan. 7 while “Masterchef Junior” is back the night before (Jan. 6), leading into new episodes of “New Girl” at 9 p.m. and “The Mindy Project” at 9:30 p.m.
- Shelli Weinstein
It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year’s?
In addition to Glee‘s move to Friday — read more on that here — the network’s other scheduled premieres are as follows:
* Season 3 of MasterChef Junior rings in 2015 starting Tuesday, January 6 at 8/7c.
* A new unscripted series, World’s Funniest Fails, will launch Friday, Jan. 16 at 8/7c.
Fox has firmed up the rest of its midseason plans. After announcing premiere dates for Empire, American Idol and Glee, the network has found slots for everything else on its bench — and ordered a new unscripted project. World's Funniest Fails (working title) bows Jan. 16, ahead of Glee. Based on YouTube channel FailArmy, each week finds a panel of comedians analyzing viral clips of people epically failing. New comedies The Last Man on Earth and Weird Loners also have found points of entry on the schedule, as has drama Backstrom. The latter, from Bones creator Hart Hanson, bows Thursday,
- Michael O'Connell
Glee will take its final bow on Friday nights.
TVLine has learned that Fox’s musical-comedy will kick off its sixth and final season with a two-hour episode on Friday, Jan. 9. The following week, it will settle into its regular Fridays-at-9 timeslot.
The two-hour series finale will air on Friday, March 20.
Earlier this year, Fox trimmed Glee‘s final-season episode order from 22 to 13.
For the rest of Fox’s midseason schedule, click here.
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"American Idol" is Not racist against Black contestants -- the lawsuit filed by 10 former Idol wannabes who claimed they were cut over race ... has been dismissed, but mostly on a technicality.TMZ broke the story ... the contestants claimed "Idol" producers dug up criminal charges from their pasts -- including crimes for which they were never convicted -- and this was done strictly because they're Black.According to new court docs, however ... all but 1 of them »
- TMZ Staff
When you’re thrust into an impromptu battle, any object at hand can serve as a weapon.
But a breast pump, Jess? Really?
Yep, Ms. Day milks her advantage for all it’s worth — see for yourself in this exclusive first look from New Girl‘s Dec. 2 outing (Fox, 9/8c), “Girl Fight.”
In the episode, a growing grudge between Jess and Cece affords Schmidt and Coach the opportunity to learn about girl fights from the inside. (We hope you bring padding, boys.) Meanwhile, Winston puts off studying for his police-academy final, and Nick is concerned that Tran’s granddaughter (Greta Lee, »
Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in the way they were disqualified. The lawsuit was brought in July 2013, and it aimed to be ambitious — talking about how producers had allegedly dug up dirt on African American contestants, had disseminated information from criminal rap sheets to the media in order to justify DQs, how the popular singing competition show was manipulated, and how the contestants were forced to sign "unconscionable Willy Wonka contracts." Earlier this month, U.S
- Eriq Gardner
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
Pre-credit sequence. Huyopa returns to camp after sending Josh packing. Jon accepts hugs for his courageous flip-flop. Reed is "furious," but he tells people he's Ok. "I need to figure out how to move forward being in the minority," Reed says. But Reed isn't the only one feeling unsure about his position. Jon is unsteady with how he treated Josh and Reed. "If there's anything I've learned from watching past 'Survivors,' it's trust your instinct," Jon says, getting Jeremy's reassurance. Keith knows he's in bad position, but he also knows he has an Idol and hopes to use it to take somebody else out. He's thinking about pretending to sacrifice himself and then blindsiding everybody. "It's getting to crunch-time now," he says. What the muck? We're kicking things off with some Reward action. It involves tussling on beams over mud. Wanna know what they're playing for? It's a »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's been a Something For Everybody day of TV news. Between NBC dumping its Bill Cosby project, the first picture from BBC America's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell," an "American Idol" premiere date, a "How To Get Away With Murder" finale date, Hugh Laurie joining "Veep" in some capacity, plus casting rumors for Netflix's Marvel shows, you'd be hard-pressed to feel neglected by today's small screen rumblings. And if none of those things interest you... How about this? Netflix announced on Wednesday (November 19) afternoon that it has picked up a fourth season for the drama "Longmire," cancelled earlier this fall by A&E. The 10-episode resurrected "Longmire" will premiere on Netflix in the Us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015. "When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hugh Laurie to appear on “Veep” Details of the former “House” star’s role are being kept under wraps, but his appearance will mark his return to scripted TV since “House” wrapped. Idris Elba to reprise “Luther” role for a 2-episode 4th season BBC America will air the new “Luther” episodes in 2015. “American Idol” returns on Jan. 7, followed by the premiere of “Empire” “Idol’s” first week back will include a one-hour episode and a two-hour episode. Click Read Full Post For More “How to Get Away with Murder” gets a season finale date, “American Crime” and “Secrets and “Lies” get premiere dates ABC’s “Murder” will end its freshman season on Feb. 26, while "American Crime” starring Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton debuts March 5. Meanwhile, "Secrets and Lies” starring Ryan Phillippe debuts with a two-hour premiere on March 1. Watch “SNL’s” hilarious Twitter sketch that got cut last year Aidy Bryant »
- Norman Weiss
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
Fox will kick off the reality singing competition’s Season 14 premiere that night with a one-hour episode at 8/7c, then wrap it up with a two-hour installment on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 8 pm.
During the opening eps, Idol‘s three returning judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. — will hit auditions in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. [The New York episodes will feature guest judge Adam Lambert, subbing for an absent Urban.]
Keeping with a theme, the network also will premiere its new music-industry drama Empire on Jan. 7 at 9/8c. The series, »
Fox is letting the music play this January, with the return of “American Idol” and the debut of drama “Empire” slated for Wednesday, Jan. 7.
“Idol” is kicking off its 14th season a week earlier than usual, and “Empire,” a family drama set in the music industry starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will follow with a premiere that Fox says will include limited commercial interruption.
“Empire” will air regularly on Wednesday following “American Idol.” And by bowing on Jan. 7, “Empire” won’t have to face the timeslot’s biggest drama, as CBS’ “Criminal Minds” will be pre-empted for the People’s Choice Awards.
Fox is expected to reveal additional schedule details soon. It’s unclear what Wednesday’s schedule announcement for “Empire” means for current Wednesday 9 p.m. occupant “Red Band Society,” a first-year drama that has struggled in the ratings but remains a favorite of the network. Fox »
- Rick Kissell
Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one-hour American Idol premiere. Both series launch a new Fox Wednesday on Jan. 7, with Idol kicking off its 14th cycle at 8 p.m. and musical drama Empire starting at 9 p.m. Empire, which stars Academy Award nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is one of the buzzier midseason entries across the Big Four. Daniels has described the passion project
- Michael O'Connell
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