Ryan Seacrest was a local Los Angeles DJ when he was picked by Fox’s head of alternative programming Mike Darnell as co-host and then sole host of American Idol. Seacrest became a TV star and has gone on to expand into producing and build a mini reality empire. “Mike Darnell was a pioneer in reality television,” Seacrest said today about Darnell’s decision to depart Fox. “He brilliantly paved the way for all of us, creating a powerful entertainment genre that audiences can’t get enough of. I’ve had the privilege of working with him for more than a decade, and I’ve learned so much from him. He has been an inspiration for imparting his creative genius constantly, a mentor as I launched my production company, as well as a dear friend. I’m excited to work with him as he blazes a new path in his incredible career.” Seacrest has one more year on his current blockbuster Idol contract and, with Darnell gone and the current judges and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe also likely out, he may be the only key auspice returning next season, providing continuity.
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Simses (What’s Your Number) has landed a regular role in ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Mixology, from feature writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up) and ABC Studios. I’ve also learned that Ryan Seacrest’s production company is boarding the project as a pod. Shepherding the pilot from Ryan Seacrest Prods will be veteran TV comedy producer Nina Wass, who joined the company as head of scripted in August. Wass has a long history at ABC Studios — she spent eight years there partnered with Gene Stein. I hear ABC Studios has been adding experienced TV producers to several of its newly picked-up pilots, including studio-based Matthew Gross (Body Of Proof), who is joining drama Murder In Manhattan.
UPDATED: Ryan Seacrest and Santa Monica-based investment firm Colony Capital are among several bidders interested in Dick Clark Prods., sources close to the situation tell Deadline. If the American Idol host proceeds with his pursuit of the former company …
Like NBC’s presentation earlier today, Fox‘s presentation too opened with a comedy video featuring cast members from several shows. The setup was the quartet from Fox’s freshman comedy New Girl interviewing candidates for a new roommate. Glee‘s Will Schuester, Fringe‘s Walter Bishop, Bones‘ Temperance Brennan (played by New Girl star Zooey Deschanel’s sister Emily), the kid from Touch and Rubber Man from American Horror Story on sister network FX were among the characters who interviewed for the gig, along with Randy Jackson of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mary Murphy.
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After Glee‘s Jane Lynch emceed the presentation for the past two years, ubiquitous American Idol host Ryan Seacrest took over the role this year, presenting Fox’s executives in the style of the reality series. Like a pro, he phoned in such lines as describing British-born Fox chairman Peter Rice as “as American as American Pie, Justin Bieber and soccer,” blending America’s favorite dessert with Canadian pop export Bieber and the world’s most popular sport that everyone outside the U.S. calls football. Seacrest also claimed that “After a nationwide vote, the biggest star at Fox is… Kevin Reilly.”
Reilly started the rollout of next season’s slate with Tuesday night, which features four comedies. “Since the first day I walked into Fox, this is the kind of comedy lineup I’ve wanted present to you,” Reilly said of Raising Hope, New Girl and newbies Ben & Kate and The Mindy Project. Fox has a third new comedy, Goodwin Games, on tap for midseason.
NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2012) – NBCUniversal and top television host, broadcaster and Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest have forged a groundbreaking multi-platform agreement that includes on-air, broadcasting and producing duties across the company’s NBC and E! networks. The new two-year deal extends Seacrest’s current on-air presence with E! onto NBC, spanning news, entertainment and sports programming.
“Ryan is an extraordinary talent who has been an important part of the Comcast family for a long time,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. “We look forward to his continued role on E! and to having him appear on many new places across NBCUniversal, including the TODAY show and at the Olympics. This is a great example of how NBCUniversal is able to provide the perfect home for some of the best people in the business.”
Kardashian Family Signs 3-Year Deal With E! For 3 More Seasons Of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, Other Reality Shows
Reality TV’s First Family, the Kardashians, have closed a big new three-year deal with E! for their signature series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The pact includes orders for seasons seven, eight and nine …
As expected, Ryan Seacrest has re-upped his deal to continue as host of Fox’s American Idol for two more seasons. For the last few months, Seacrest had been negotiating both an extension for Idol and a new wide-reaching overall deal with NBCUniversal. The latter is almost completed. It has not been announced yet but it became clear that, aside from a stunt during NBC’s coverage of the London Summer Olympics, it does not include major primetime hosting duties because Seacrest was continuing on Idol, where he is expected to stay close to his current salary of $15 million a year. Here is the release:
Emmy Award-nominated Ryan Seacrest will continue as host of AMERICAN IDOL, broadcast television’s No. 1 show. Seacrest has served as host of AMERICAN IDOL since its debut on June 11, 2002. Over the past decade, he has guided the IDOL contestants and judges through each season’s incredible journey, from the first tickets to Hollywood to every star-studded finale. Seacrest has introduced every guest performer, played referee with the judges and was the first to announce and congratulate each of the winners.
Ryan Seascrest took to Twitter today to announce that “we’re putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight…just talked to @dizzyfeet”. The mentioned @dizzyfeet is the Twitter handle for Idol executive producer Nigel …
Iconic TV host and producer Dick Clark died today of a heart attack. He was 82. Clark, called “America’s Oldest Teenager,” is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, Pyramid, and holiday staple Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. According to Clark’s publicist Paul Shefrin, Clark passed away this morning following “a massive heart attack.” Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Clark, who suffered a stroke in 2004 that left his speech and movements impaired, had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure.
Richard Wagstaff Clark, born on November 30, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., earned Grammys, Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame among other awards and accolades in his 60 years in show business. From his start on radio in Philadelphia back in the early 1950s to his last appearance on Rockin’ Eve this year, Clark never lost his on-air boyish enthusiasm. But the genial host was also a trailblazing Hollywood executive. His Dick Clark Productions, which he started in the late 1950s and moved to LA in 1963, produced American Bandstand until 1989 and also created, produced and profitably syndicated such shows as Rockin’ Eve, which started in 1972; TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes; The $25,000 Pyramid; The American Music Awards, which began in 1973; and, since 1983, The Golden Globes. Clark also produced movies including 1984’s Emmy-winner The Woman Who Willed A Miracle and 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, over the past 49 years Clark’s company has made over 20 TV and feature films, 30 series and 250 specials.
At one point in the mid-’80s, Clark hosted shows on all three major TV networks and in syndication. He also wrote several books, including a 1976 memoir Rock, Roll & Remember. Clark sold dcp to Mosaic Media in 2002 for $140 million. The company, which Clark ceased to have anything to do with years ago, is currently owned by Red Zone Capitol, who bought it for an estimated $175 million in 2007.
Bravo’s Shahs Of Sunset, which wrapped its first season on Sunday, has been picked up for a second season. The renewal for the Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series comes after it hit a series high …
“The plan is for me to join the NBC family and continue to have a role at the E! network” where he anchors E! News, Ryan Seacrest told Today host Matt Lauer this morning. (Comcast controls NBCUniversal as well as E!.) The Olympics assignment …
Ryan Seacrest Has ‘Big NBC Announcement’ Tomorrow On ‘Today’, Former Host Meredith Vieira Revealed As Mystery ‘Today Legend’
Ryan Seacrest’s long-in-works new deal with NBCUniversal appears finally done. “Tuesday morning live on the Today show in Studio 1A, Ryan Seacrest will make a big NBC announcement,” Today‘s executive producer Jim Bell tweeted last night. The announcement is …