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Adam Lambert Slams Kanye West “Bohemian Rhapsody” Cover (Video)

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Adam Lambert was not a fan of Kanye West’s cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday. The former "American Idol" star took to Twitter on Monday to slam West's performance of the classic Queen song. "Oye Vey Kanye," tweeted Lambert, adding, "That Bohemian Rhapsody at Glastonbury though... Ouch." Watch the video here! »

- Minyvonne Burke

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Fox 2014-15 Season Ratings (updated 6/29/15)

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A few years ago, Fox had some of the top-rated TV shows on the air. Now, the network is struggling. Which series will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned.

How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.

Fox shows this season (so far): American Idol, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Backstrom, Bob's Burgers, Bones, Boom!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bullseye, Empire, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, Golan the Insatiable, Gotham, Gracepoint, Hell's Kitchen, The Last Man on Earth, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, New Girl, Red Band Society, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, So You Think You Can Dance, Utopia, Wayward Pines, and Weird Loners.

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Upfront 2015: ABC Pushes for Price Lead in Tough Market

26 June 2015 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is the most watched TV network in the U.S., while NBC nabs the biggest crowd of viewers favored by advertisers, but in the annual haggle for TV advertising known as the upfront, it’s ABC that is gaining new sway with Madison Avenue.

The Disney-owned network is seeking some of the highest price increases for commercial time, according to media-buying executives and other people familiar with the pace of negotiations. The network, home to “Scandal” and “Modern Family,” has been pressing for increases in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers — a measure also known as a Cpm that is central to these annual talks between advertisers and U.S. TV networks — of between 5% and just under 6%, according to these executives.

In most cases, those rates of change are higher than what is being sought by rivals, these people said.

The pecking order in this year’s negotiations highlights the »

- Brian Steinberg

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Could Your Favorite TV Show Become a Broadway Musical?

26 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Given all the musicals we've seen on TV recently -- NBC's live-performance versions of "Peter Pan" and "The Sound of Music," not to mention ABC's "Galavant" and all six seasons of Fox's "Glee" -- it's a wonder that the pipeline hasn't flowed in the opposite direction, from the small screen to Broadway.

That may change with the announcements that a couple of TV-based musicals are in the works. One is "Bombshell," the Marilyn Monroe biographical musical that was created and staged over the course of two seasons on NBC's "Smash." Bringing it to Broadway would seem easy enough -- the songs and choreography already exist; all that's needed is a book.

The other is a stage version of "Downton Abbey," which may launch after the British drama's sixth and final season wraps this winter. John Lunn, who composes the music for the series, says he envisions an international tour, starring »

- Gary Susman

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Top 9 Reality Competition Shows of All Time, Ranked: Watch the Video Now!

24 June 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When major moments in history occur, you always remember the exact location of where you were when the news broke. Naturally, the same goes for breakout milestones in reality TV competition shows.  That time when Tyra Banks dealt the explosive "We were all rooting for you!" tirade on America's Next Top Model contestant Tiffany? Check. What about when Juan Pablo admitted he just wasn't that into Nikki Ferrell on The Bachelor finale, but gave her the final rose anyway? You better believe it. Or that hilariously embarrassing rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" by tone deaf American Idol reject William Hung? How could we forget!  Read: Vote for TV's breakout stars »

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Will first time be the charm for Jennifer Hudson ('Empire') at Emmys just like Oscars and Grammys?

24 June 2015 1:54 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jennifer Hudson is on the bubble for an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Guest Actress for her role as a gospel-inspired musical therapist in Fox's "Empire." She ranks eighth with 33/1 odds based on the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, Users, and Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who racked up the best scores among the thousands predicting last year's Emmy nominations), but that's not where every group ranks her. Our Editors place her among the top six contenders with 16/1 odds. Will she make the cut? It would be foolish to count her out given her track record. -Break- Oscar champ Jennifer Hudson dishes show-stopping role on 'Empire' (Exclusive Video) Viewers were shocked during the third season of "American Idol" in 2004 when Hudson finished in seventh place, but she got the last laugh. Two years after her "Idol" ouster, she made her feature film debut in "Dr..."' »

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Upfront 2015: CBS, ABC, NBC Start to Sell Amid Pricing Pressure

24 June 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV’s annual upfront market has begun to move in earnest, but the networks are ceding some ground to Madison Avenue in the process.

CBS, ABC and NBC have all begun to secure advance advertising commitments as part of the market for commercial time on TV, according to media-buying executives and other people familiar with the pace of negotiations. These executives suggest the three networks are all jockeying for increases in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers — a measure also known as a Cpm that is central to these annual talks — in the range of 2% to 5%.

The numbers suggest the TV networks continue to face pressures from advertisers that are exploring new opportunities to sponsor new kinds of media, including streaming video. For the fourth consecutive year, advertisers are lobbying to narrow the rate of increase they pay, and are, by several accounts, succeeding. In 2014, CBS secured a Cpm increase of »

- Brian Steinberg

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Kelly Clarkson Shares the Cutest Picture of River Rose Blackstock Kissing Another Baby—See for Yourself!

23 June 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kelly Clarkson already has her hands full with her adorable daughter! It turns out that the former American Idol winner's wee one, River Rose Blackstock, has a way with the boys—and she's only one year old! In the "Heartbeat Song" singer's latest Instagram pic, River is seen hanging out at a party with her famous mama when one guest in particular caught her baby blue eye. An equally adorable baby named Maverick—who appears to be around River's age—couldn't seem to get enough face time with the partygoer and even planted a wet one on his new lady friend! But according to Clarkson, and really, just take one look at the photos, there appears to be a »

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Fox Veteran David Hill To Step Down, Launch Production Company

23 June 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Longtime top Fox executive and close Rupert Murdoch confidant David Hill is stepping down. He will segue to a production venture Hilly, backed by 21st Century Fox, a move reminiscent of former News Corp COO Peter Chernin’s 2009 departure to start The Chernin Co. Hill, whose exit coincides with Murdoch’s pending departure from the helm of 21st Century Fox, most recently served as Senior Executive Vice President for 21st Century Fox, overseeing Fox’s American Idol, which is… »

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Digital Audience Ratings: Father’s Day Fuels ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

23 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 15, 2015 – Sunday Jun 21, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 13,986 2 2 The Voice 11,991 3 4 Glee 2,825 4 5 Empire 2,186 5 7 America’s Funniest Home Videos 1,846 6 6 American Idol 1,718 7 8 The Simpsons 1,531 8 9 Kitchen Nightmares 1,285 9 3 What Would You Do? 1,115 10 10 Dancing With The Stars 1,105 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 15, 2015 – Sunday Jun 21, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 3 Pretty Little Liars 4,461 2 2 Game of Thrones 4,397 3 1 Orange Is the New Black 4,191 4 4 Top Gear 3,553 5 5 Key and Peele 2,781 6 6 Lip Sync Battle 2,762 7 7 Dance Moms 2,660 8 8 Teen Wolf 2,547 9 – The Walking Dead 2,366 10 10 WWE Raw 1,831 –

Late Night Monday Jun 15, 2015 – Sunday Jun 21, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 36,856 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 20,709 3 4 The Late Late Show With James Corden 10,241 4 3 Conan 9,769 5 – The Graham Norton Show »

- Jason Klein

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David Hill Ends Long Run at 21st Century Fox, Sets Production Banner (Exclusive)

23 June 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Hill, the veteran Fox exec and longtime member of Rupert Murdoch’s inner circle, is stepping down from his executive post at 21st Century Fox to launch a production banner focusing on live TV, reality shows and digital investments.

Hill’s company is dubbed Hilly and will be backed by Fox. Hill’s departure from his role as senior exec VP of 21st Century Fox and chairman of National Geographic Channels has been in the works for some time and is unrelated to the transition set for July 1, when James and Lachlan Murdoch take the reins of the media colossus from their father and president-coo Chase Carey.

“David is a dynamic and imaginative leader who has changed the experience of nearly all major sports on three continents,” said Rupert Murdoch. “Whether it was launching Sky Television, the Fox Network, Fox Sports or the Regional Sports Networks, we owe him »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'American Idol' Star Lovey James Covers 'Fight Song,' Reveals How She Bounced Back After Elimination

22 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

In the immortal words of Season 1 "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, "what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger." That could not hold truer for 17-year-old Lovey James, a former contestant on the very same singing competition that led to Clarkson’s big break in 2002. Lovey made it to the Top 24 on Season 14, but was eliminated when the judges cut the number of female contestants from 12 to just eight. "[Being on American Idol] took a lot from me emotionally and physically," Lovey tells toofab’s Bernie Zilio. "When I got eliminated, I just thought that it was the end of the world."  Lovey says her cover of Rachel Platten’s "Fight Song," released last week, serves as a means of catharsis for the young singer. In the video below, Lovey shuffles through cue cards with hand-written messages on them. She addresses her fans, her haters and what it’s like to overcome obstacles. "[The video] got »

- tooFab Staff

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Will ‘American Idol’ Finally Win Emmy’s Reality Top Prize As Series Winds Down?

22 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Just think: "Selfie" wasn't even in the dictionary when American Idol first appeared on Fox in 2002. So participants weren't even able to shoot pics of their own smiles and post them on Twitter when Idol got its first Primetime Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Reality Competition Program in 2003, leading to seven more consecutive noms in the top category. Idol was TV's top-rated show for eight years, averaging 30 million viewers per installment. It was the Jurassic Wor… »

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Another Period Season 1 Review

22 June 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided for review prior to broadcast.

In the decade since Laguna Beach first washed up on MTV, socialite reality television has proliferated to the point where many states are more distinguishable by their Real Housewives than a flag or motto. There’s been no lack of time or content to figure out the hallmarks of reality TV that takes you into the homes of the rich and would-be-famous-but-will-settle-for-infamous. Another Period, a new Comedy Central series premiering this Tuesday, looks to mine these riches for a healthy vein of humor, and thanks to a clever spin, modestly succeeds.

The problem with parodying reality television in 2015 is two-fold, the first issue being that the balance between the two words in the genre’s name tipped heavily towards “television” pretty early on. Every expository talking head interview, every sound effect sourced from a morning zoo DJ’s keyboard, it all »

- Sam Woolf

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Iggy Azalea Joins James Corden for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and Some Wedding Dress Shopping (Video)

19 June 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It’s never too late for a little “Carpool Karaoke” — not even 35 minutes after midnight. This time around on the recurring “Late Late Show” segment, James Corden invited Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea to ride along on his commute and duet some of her biggest hits. When Iggy tells her driver for the day that he sounds just like Jennifer Hudson during the former “American Idol” contestant’s part on Azalea’s “Trouble,” the CBS host is flattered, but he doesn’t think all parties involved will share that feeling. “She’s surely going to take that as an insult,” Corden quipped of Hudson. »

- Tony Maglio

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Keith Urban Is Okay Being Outnumbered by Women at Home: "I'm Learning An Enormous Amount"

16 June 2015 3:08 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Keith Urban is on estrogen overload at home in Nashville, Tenn., but that suits the country singer just fine. After all, the American Idol judge tells Us Weekly he never stops learning from his three leading ladies: wife Nicole Kidman, and daughters Sunday and Faith. "I didn't grow up with any girls in my family, it was just my brother and me and mum and dad," Urban, 47, told reporters at Nashville's Cma Music Festival on June 14. "Now being in a family that is all girls, [...] »

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Mel B Opens Up About Her Family -- and What 'Idol' Cancellation Means for Reality TV!

16 June 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

With four kids at home and a full-time gig as a judge on "America's Got Talent," Melanie Brown is a very busy lady. The former Spice Girl is proud mama to daughters Phoenix, 16, Angel, 8, and Madison, 3, as well as 10-year-old step-daughter Giselle. And, over the weekend, Mel B had some serious mother-daughter bonding with Phoenix while completing the Color Run 5K in Los Angeles. "I didn't know that the Color Run, you literally get splattered in color," an exasperated Mel tells toofab's Candice Brock of the experience. "Me and my daughter and a few of my work friends, we all dressed up very colorful.  We start on the run and before you know it somebody's got a big bag of this paint chalk stuff and has just gone 'Blam!'"   While Phoenix had her reservations about doing the race with her mom -- who partnered up with Shout for the »

- tooFab Staff

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Upfront 2015: Fox Starts To Sell, Faces Pricing Pressure

16 June 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV’s “upfront” marketplace has begun to move – albeit very slowly and not with the kind of momentum that would put a smile on the faces of TV executives.

Fox has begun securing advance advertising commitments as part of this annual haggle for commercial time on TV, according to three media-buying executives familiar with the pace of negotiations. Fox’s process is in its early stages, these executives said, and does not necessarily indicate that what has been a slower-than-usual market is about to pick up.

These buyers said Fox has begun to write business by lowering its rates in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers, a measure known as a Cpm that is integral to these annual talks. Fox is doing deals that are flat with the Cpm hikes it achieved in 2014 or cut them back by as much as 2%. The network has come under pressure by advertisers to lower its pricing, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Agt’ Ousts ‘The Voice’; ‘Oitnb’ Captures No. 1

16 June 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 8, 2015 – Sunday Jun 14, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 2 America’s Got Talent 13,625 2 1 The Voice 13,565 3 – What Would You Do? 4,155 4 3 Glee 3,165 5 5 Empire 2,472 6 4 American Idol 2,266 7 10 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,052 8 6 The Simpsons 1,408 9 8 Kitchen Nightmares 1,200 10 7 Dancing With The Stars 1,177 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 8, 2015 – Sunday Jun 14, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 8 Orange Is the New Black 7,026 2 2 Game of Thrones 6,962 3 1 Pretty Little Liars 5,398 4 5 Top Gear 3,647 5 3 Key and Peele 3,613 6 4 Lip Sync Battle 3,250 7 – Dance Moms 2,355 8 6 Inside Amy Schumer 2,144 9 9 Teen Wolf 1,920 10 10 WWE Raw 1,790 –

Late Night Monday Jun 8, 2015 – Sunday Jun 14, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 32,687 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 25,860 3 4 Conan 9,775 4 3 The Late Late Show With James Corden 7,851 5 5 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver »

- Jason Klein

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Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora are new X Factor judges: For and Against

16 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The worst-kept secret in telly is out - The X Factor 2015 judging panel has been confirmed.

Together with a returning Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Nick Grimshaw and popstar/actress Rita Ora.

But is their addition to the X Factor judging lineup a promising shake-up for the show, or a disaster waiting to happen? Here, two writers argue for and against the latest changes to the primetime giant that can still draw in audiences of over 10 million viewers.

For: This jaded format really needs a bit of a gamble - Kate Goodacre

The X Factor is a primetime entertainment show first and foremost, and a talent search competition almost by consequence.

It's a format that's been looking increasingly tired and predictable. The much-hyped returns of Sharon Osbourne and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini didn't shake the show up and give it the boost it craved in its »

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