Global Showbiz Watch 29: The Mip-TV Preview Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 29In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom preview this year’s Mip-TV market and the interactive Israeli format that may just dominate this year’s show; take a look at some of the very familiar nominees for the Olivier Awards, honoring the best of British stage; and ponder the promised closure of BBC Three amid the possible resurgence of The X Factor in the United Kingdom as Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole return to shore up the sagging franchise. Read More »

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Cheryl Cole Back On ‘The X Factor’ UK, Joining Simon Cowell

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 4:01pm PDT

Cheryl-Cole & Simon Cowell“It’s official. Cheryl is back,” Simon Cowell tweeted today, of former The X Factor UK judge Cheryl Cole. She’s returning in the same capacity for the 11th iteration of the singing competition series in that … Read More »

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No Simon Cowell Return For ‘American Idol’, Says EP; Show “Happy” With Ratings Opposite Olympics

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 12:31pm PST


One place where Simon Cowell won’t be landing this season following the cancellation of the U.S. version of his The X Factor: American Idol. “No, he’s not going to be on the show at all,” Idol executive producer Per Blankens said today during a press event on the show’s new LA set. “I’ve heard he’s going to the UK to do X Factor,” he added. (He is.) The possibility of Cowell’s return after simon cowellFox last week axed X Factor was as one of several topics addressed in a sit-down with new Idol EPs Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. The trio was joined by Idol’s new director Louis J. Horvitz, set designer Baz Halpin, and returning EP and FremantleMedia president of entertainment programming Trish Kinane. Also there was Fox’s David Hill, the Senior EVP of 21st Century Fox and former chairman and CEO of Fox Sports who was put in charge of the show and the now cancelled X-Factor in early June.

Related: ‘Idol’ “Listened To Viewers” & Changed Format, Says EP

Season 13 of Idol launched to a premiere low January 15 as the show has been trying to get its once mighty mojo back with a reconfigured judging panel and new showrunners. The show moves into its live shows next week, going head-to-head with NBC’s Sochi Olympics. That isn’t a big worry, Blankens told me. “The ratings are doing OK considering and there is really nothing you can do about the Olympics — we knew when we did the schedule that we’d be facing it. Added Kinane: “The ratings have stabilized and we’re very happy with where they are against the Olympics. We’re up over where we were in 2010,” she said.

“What we hope with the live shows next week and going forward is that we can reconnect with the fans and get them to come back home,” Blankens said. “A lot of people love Idol but I think they didn’t approve of the way some things went last year.” Among the format tweaks: for the live shows beginning Wednesday viewers will be able to vote at the beginning of the show as opposed to the end as in past seasons.

Related: ‘Idol’ Partners With Google & Facebook For Online Voting

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Fox’s ‘The X Factor’ Cancelled After Three Seasons

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
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On the heels of ITV’s announcement that The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will be returning to the UK edition as a judge this year, Fox has announced that the U.S. version of the singing competition will not be renewed for a fourth season. “I’ve had a fantastic … Read More »

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Simon Cowell Returning To ‘X Factor UK’ As Judge

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 2:32pm PST

Update: Fox’s ‘The X Factor’ Cancelled After Three Seasons

simon_cowell_on_red_xCreator Simon Cowell will lead the judging panel when the UK singing competition show returns to ITV for its 11th cycle later this … Read More »

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Simon Cowell Confirms Demi Lovato’s Exit From ‘The X Factor’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 8:52pm PST
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simon-cowell-demi-lovato-1888592When The X Factor gets renewed for a fourth season, it will be without judge Demi Lovato.  Speaking on the red carpet after tonight’s performace finale, X Factor boss Simon Cowell confirmed that Lovato won’t be back next … Read More »

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Simon Cowell: “The X Factor’ Will Be Back Next Season”; “I Might Have A Different Kind Of Role”

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 2:40pm PST

Simon Cowell X Factor Returning New Role“The show will be back next season,” Simon Cowell said of The X Factor — which this season is clocking its smallest numbers yet — when asked by Deadline.  Asked if he will be back as a judge on the show next season — it’s been widely speculated he’ll return to judging on the UK version — he responded, “I might have a different kind of role.” Cowell was on a conference call with reporters to talk about this season’s two finalists, who also were on the call. Cowell said he “was not necessarily saying” he wouldn’t be a judge on the show next season but rather that the show’s format is likely to change a lot. The singing competition has fumbled about half of its first-season audience (which in itself was only half as many viewers as Cowell had forecast for his franchise before its premiere). Going forward, Cowell said, X has “got to be more different next year than it was this year,” adding that he’s in “the middle of a presentation of what we think the show should look like and what the fans would like. And yes, my role could change.”

Related: Simon Cowell In New 3-Year Deal For ‘X Factor UK’

upfronts2013_x_factorAmong those changes is likely a truncation from two nights to one, Cowell said, which would emulate what ABC did this season with Dancing With the Stars. “Possibly, yeah — I won’t say which night,” Cowell said in response to the truncation question. (If ratings mean anything, in re which night, the show clocks a bigger crowd on Wednesday, its performance night). Carving X down to one night a week would make it cheaper to produce — it is not profitable this season, according to informed sources — though what would make it a lot cheaper is if Cowell did not return as one of the judges. Read More »

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FNC’s Megyn Kelly To Jay Leno: “I Am A Straight News Anchor — I Am Not One Of The Opinion Hosts At Fox”: Video

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 7:23am PST

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Season 22“I always tell people if they think I am this conservative operative, ‘Ask Karl Rove if that’s true’,” Megyn Kelly told Jay Leno in making her first visit to … Read More »

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Deadline Global Showbiz Watch 15: The Laos-y Movie Deal Episode

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 6:14pm PST

Listen to (and share) episode 15 of Deadline’s audio podcast “Global Showbiz Watch, with Nancy Tartaglione.”

Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about The Rocket, the best film to come out of Laos in perhaps ever, and why the Laotian government is banning it; Keshet’s Rising Star continues to rise in the U.S. and U.K.; so-past-rising star Simon Cowell’s newest three-year deal with ITV; what new EU film-support rules may mean for getting more films made there; and a French film debut that may redeem a poor year at the box office for local productions. Read More »

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ITV, Simon Cowell In New 3-Year Deal For ‘X Factor UK’ & ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

ITV is extending its relationship with Simon Cowell for another three years. The British network has pacted with Cowell and Sony’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK to keep reality competition series The Read More »

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‘X Factor’ Glitch Nixes Public Vote; Acts To Get 2nd Chance At Performing Tonight

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 5:06am PST

Whatever the public voting results of Wednesday night’s Motown-themed X Factor were, they don’t count. As a result of a graphics error that displayed the incorrect voting numbers during the performance recap at the end of the … Read More »

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Honda Replacing Chevrolet As Automotive Sponsor For ‘X Factor’

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 7:51am PDT

Expect to see Simon Cowell driving up to The X Factor auditions in an Odyssey minivan instead of his traditional gigantic black Over-Compensating Vehicle, now that Honda has signed on to replace Chevrolet as official automotive sponsor of his Fox singing competition. In this morning’s announcement, Fox, Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, and FreemantleMedia North America said Honda had signed on to the show in order to help launch the redesigned 2014 Odyssey minivan. The campaign will feature three in-show integrations — think X-ettes driving around in a minivan while singing tunes — digital voting sponsorship, and off-air rights. Honda also gets “ownership” of the franchise’s so-called Fan Rewards — incentives to fans for clicking and interacting their way through The X Factor digital landscape with points, to use for show and Honda merchandise. Read More »

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Simon Cowell Hints At Potential Return To UK ‘X Factor’: Report

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 1:33pm PDT

Simon Cowell made a surprise appearance at a screening of the first two episodes of The X Factor UK today in London. Of a possible return to the show he departed in 2010, he told the BBC, “I wouldn’t rule it out.” Cowell has been expected to make special appearances on the upcoming season, but up until now word has been that he wouldn’t make a full-time return. Today’s BBC report suggests he didn’t jettison the idea entirely, but he also didn’t elaborate whether his input will be more than occasional guest spots, or potential sit-ins when other judges might sit out. It’s more likely he was speaking about the future, given that the show already has four judges locked for the season that kicks off on August 31: Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, who is coming back to the show after leaving in 2007. If he were to come back in a ramped-up capacity this year, he’d be shuttling back-and-forth between the British version and Fox’s X Factor in the U.S. The American shows air during the week and the UK episodes are at the weekend meaning he’d be logging quite a bit of fast-turnaround air travel. Read More »

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Deadline Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione, Episode 3

Listen to (and share) episode 3 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about what the creators of Downton Abbey have planned for Season 4; the record-breaking Bollywood hit Chennai Express and where it might roll next; whether Simon Cowell is truly ITV’s X factor; and last-minute dealmaking over the lucrative TV rights for the most important thing in Britain as English Premier League football kicks off.

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‘X Factor UK’ Renewal Unlikely To Hinge On Simon Cowell’s Return As Judge

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 7:14am PDT

Season 10 of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor UK kicks off in a few weeks on ITV. Sharon Osbourne is returning after a five-year absence, and Cowell will make … Read More »

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TCA: Simon Cowell Likens Last Year’s ‘X Factor’ Judge Panel To A Bad Dinner Party

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:51pm PDT

“It’s like having a dinner party – you invite people for dinner and sometimes it’s a fun night and sometimes not as fun as you thought it was going to be,” Simon Cowell said of last year’s judge panel on his singing competition series. When did Simon realize last season’s “dinner party” — Britney Spears, LA Reid, Demi Lovato and Simon –  wasn’t going well?  “It was more of a feeling it was similar to what everyone else was doing and I had this impatience to get on to Season 3 so I could do what I wanted to do,” Simon told TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. “This is a fun dinner party,” added Simon of his new all-girl judge panel, seated with him on stage. Last May, Fox announced former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, and Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio had replaced Reid and Spears. Rowland is not new to the gig, having been a judge on the Brit version in ’11. Read More »

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‘Afghanistan’s Got Talent’ Is Latest Local Version In Simon Cowell Franchise

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment are hitting a milestone with the latest local adaptation of their Got Talent format. In what the companies claim is a record for a talent show, the franchise will … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘One Direction: This Is Us’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 9:22am PDT

A full-length trailer has dropped for 3D boy band documentary One Direction: This Is Us. Tri Star Pictures bows it on August 30 in the U.S. after Sony Pictures Releasing rolls out the film worldwide with the UK debut the day before. Morgan Spurlock directed the pic … Read More »

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Simon Cowell Egged During ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Live Finale: Video

The 7th season of Simon Cowell‘s Britain’s Got Talent concluded Saturday night with Hungarian shadow dance troupe Attraction crowned the winners. But it was during the performance of third place Welsh singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson that a woman raced on stage and started pelting … Read More »

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