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Reality Check: Trish Kinane On ‘American Idol’ Ratings, Simon Cowell & Harry Connick Jr & The Next Big Thing

Trish Kinane Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOXSome people truly love a challenge. When FremantleMedia named Trish Kinane the President of Entertainment Programming, North America in July 2012, the Brit reality veteran not only took over executive producer duties on Fox’s American Idol but also The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In short, mega-properties each. Since then Idol has gone through a number of changes, Simon Cowell’s X Factor has closed up shop in the U.S., and AGT has come back this season solid.  Formerly Fremantle’s president of worldwide entertainment and based in the UK, Kinane comes from both the indie and network world with tenure at Action Time and Channel 4. The EP of two of the heavyweights of reality TV believes Idol took a hit from the Winter Olympics on NBC, that honestly is the best policy for judges, and that tech made Idol possible. She also has something new cooking, maybe the next big thing.

DEADLINE: Last year at a speech at NAB, you spoke of Idol as being the gold-standard show in terms of format and how the series was one of the first to adapt interactivity with viewers since it debuted in the summer of 2002. A lot has changed since Idol premiered.
TRISH KINANE: I think Idol is the, sort of, classic gold-standard format, in terms of these music shows, and I still do. It’s the simple story, it’s the simple transition of a kid from nowhere who comes through the process, and ends up, hopefully, not always, but often, in the case of Idol, having a career. AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Logo.Having said that, you know, you’ve got to do things, you’ve got to keep it fresh, you’ve got to try to keep it relevant. Last year, there were problems with the panel, which I think were fairly public, so we put a new panel in place. The panel for the last season has been incredibly successful. We wanted people who knew what they were talking about, people who had a right to be there, people who could offer genuine advice to these kids, people who really cared about these kids, and I think in Harry, Keith, and Jennifer, we’ve absolutely got that.

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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 country. Cole famously left that show — after a successful run in which she mentored the eventual winner two of the three seasons she was on the panel — to come to the U.S. and be a judge/mentor on the doomed American version, only to get pulled after two audition rounds of the first season. That was the first inkling U.S. viewers got of  the revolving door that would be the American The X Factor judge/mentor panel. At that time, there was much speculation that her Newcastle accent had done her in, which Fox reality TV guru Mike Darnell denied. Nicole Scherzinger, who originally had been signed to co-host with Steve Jones, was named to replace Cole. She lasted only one season as judge/mentor; ditto Paula Abdul. Cowell himself is returning to the mothership, after his show struggled through three so-so seasons in the U.S. and was canceled last month. It will be his first season back on the flagship The X Factor, which has suffered a ratings decline. Last month, Cowell said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK. … It’s been three years since I last judged the … Read More »

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

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” Cowell said. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last yeaX-Factor-on-Foxr, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the UK version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the UK and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”

Cowell is not departing American television completely, he still executive produces NBC’s summer staple America’s Got Talent, but his on-screen presence in the U.S. will be taking a break. The cancellation decision comes after a dismal third cycle for X Factor on Fox, which was down double-digits from Season 2.  Fox chairman Kevin Reilly praised Cowell, pointing to his decision to leave the judging table as reason for the axing. “To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities … 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 year, the network confirmed today after weeks of speculation. It will be his first season back on the flagship The X Factor after spending the last three years getting the U.S. version up and running on Fox while the ratings for the U.K. original have been going down. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to The X Factor UK,” said Cowell, whose Syco banner co-produces that show with FremantleMedia UK. “It’s been three years since I last judged the competition and I’m excited to find a global superstar again.” Cowell’s return of course raises further questions about the future of the U.S. version of the show as the two run concurrently. Fox has not yet renewed X Factor here after dismal ratings for the recent third cycle. Despite Cowell’s announcement last month that X Factor will be returning for fourth season, Fox boss Kevin Reilly said during TCA that no decision has been made — though he hinted the show will continue in some form. “The show definitely underperformed this year, ratings are not what we wanted, but X Factor still is one of the most successful brands in the world, and the No. 1 and No. … Read More »

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TCA: Fox In Talks For Season 10 Of ‘Bones’, Kevin Reilly Bullish On ‘The Mindy Project’ Renewal, Wishes ‘The Voice’ Goes Away

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

TCA UPDATED: The move to Friday didn’t dent Bones‘ longevity one bit. “We are in negotiations on another season of Bones and expect it would be back (for a 10th season),” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during the executive session today, indicating that Season 10 will likely be the show’s last. He confirmed Bones110916155920what we had already reported: that Bones creator/showrunner Hart Hanson will move onto his newly picked up Fox series Backstrom, with his top Bones lieutenant Stephen Nathan, who has performed day-to-day showrunner duties on the long-running Fox procedural, taking over next season. Hanson still will be involved in major decisions.

Reilly also spoke of the renewal chances of softly rated sophomore comedy The Mindy Project, which is going on hiatus in the spring. “It’s really on the money (creatively) right now,” he said. “Ratings are not where they should be, the show deserves more viewers. But is a highly upscale show we make money on.” He said Mindy‘s “little hiatus has nothing to do with its renewal chances. “I’m highly bullish on it being back next season.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The X Factor’ Finale Down From Last Year, ‘Sing Off’ Slips More

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 8:44am PST
Nellie Andreeva

the-x-factor-season-3-finaleThe third-season finale of Fox’s The X Factor drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 last night. That was up 42% from last Thursday and the series’ best showing in two months, and helped Fox win the night in 18-49. But the closer was down sharply — by 45% from last season’s finale — mirroring the performance finale’s 48% year-to-year drop. In most current ratings, Season 3 of The X Factor averaged a 2.1 in 18-49, down 42% from Season 2. (In total viewers, its average was 6.7 million, down 32%). Yet, Fox is in negotiations for a fourth season and X Factor honcho Simon Cowell already is plotting changes for next fall. 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
Nellie Andreeva

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 season but indicated the door will be left open for her in the future. Word that Lovato would be leaving after two seasons got out earlier today on People.com. It came two days after Cowell announced that X Factor will be renewed but it would undergo major changes in Season 4, including Cowell possibly taking on “a different kind of role.” Lovato was the only judge on the X Factor panel from Season 2 to continue in Season 3.

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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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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Sing-Off’ Slides, ‘Arrow’ Dips, ‘X Factor’ Steady, ‘Modern Family’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 9:02am PST

The Sing-OffBack for its second show of the week amid its current abbreviated run, The Sing-Off (1.8/5) had a standoff with The X Factor (1.4/4) last night. The NBC series hit the higher note, but the two-hour a cappella show still slid 25% from Monday’s airing to hit a winter telecast low. Heading toward next week’s Season 3 finale, last night’s live X Factor on Fox remained even with its December 4 episode as the final four acts showed their wares with three songs each in anticipation of an elimination tonight.

Last week CBS was all encores except for Survivor (2.5/8), but last night it was a full slate of originals. The 13th and penultimate episode of the Mark Burnett-produced reality show’s 27th season slipped 4% from its December 4 episode. The rest of the night was not so kind to CBS: The return of Criminal Minds (2.4/7) and CSI (1.8/5) saw both series down 14% from their last originals three weeks ago. Still, with 11.02 million viewers, Criminal Minds was the most watched show Wednesday, helping CBS finish first for the night in adults 18-49 (2.2/6) and viewers (10.260 million). Read More »

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James Maslow Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Tate Stevens Inks With APA

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 7:30pm PST

James MaslowJames Maslow has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He starred on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush for four seasons and toured as a member of the band. Maslow’s other TV credits include iCarly, See Dad Run and Marvin Marvin. He also is repped by CAA.

tate-stevensTate Stevens, the 2012 winner of Fox’s The X Factor, has signed with APA. His debut album reached No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and made the top five on the country chart. He is additionally repped by RPME.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Modern Family’ Falls To Season Low, ‘X-Factor’ & ‘Arrow’ Up, NBC Wins Night With Holiday Specials

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

Mariah Carey Performs During NBC's Pre-Tape Christmas Tree LightingBack after last Wednesday’s quiet pre-Thanksgiving telecasts and November sweep end, TV was back in almost full force last night. NBC ditched its regular schedule to go full holiday with Christmas In Rockefeller Center (2.3/7) and a Saturday Night Live (2.6/7) SNL Christmas special. Now in its 16th year, the music heavy lighting of the tree in Manhattan had performances by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson among others, last night. It also had a 10% boost over last year’s November 28 show to hit its highest rating since 2006’s 2.6. taking into account that the network’s primetime was preempted in Portland due to an NBA game, the combo of music and comedy scored another Wednesday win for NBC with a 2.5/7 rating. CBS was second with 1.9/6 but No. 1 in total viewers with 8.902 million watching compared to NBC’s 8.225 million.

CBS was all encores except for an original Survivor (2.6/8). The reality competition was up 18% from last week and also, with a 20% rise over its November 27th show, hit a season viewership high with 10.59 million watching. Survivor was the most watched show of the night with the Criminal Minds (1.7/5) and CSI (1.4/4) repeats getting 8.12 million and 8 million respectively.

The ScientistWith the quick debut of the costumeless Flash on Arrow (1.1/3) last night, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 17 – The China Box Office Power Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 17Listen to (and share) episode 17 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch, With Nancy Tartaglione.

Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about whether China’s boffo box office can sustain its remarkable growth rates of recent years; a potentially important Sino-British trade accord on film and TV production and what that might mean for U.S. film and TV production; the very warm welcome in South Africa for epic biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom;  and whether a U.S. legal settlement for singer Cheryl Cole might pave the way for her return as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor or even on ITV’s newest music competition, Rising Star.

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Former ‘X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Settles Legal Dispute With Producers

By | Thursday November 28, 2013 @ 5:25am PST

cherly cole cannesA little over a year ago, erstwhile X Factor judge Cheryl Cole sued producers Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2.3M. The case has now been settled out of court, with producers paying an undisclosed sum to the pop star, the BBC reported today. A spokesperson for Cole tells Deadline, “Cheryl’s dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably.” Cole was a three-time judge on The X Factor UK before being imported by Simon Cowell to serve the-x-factor1as judge for the debut season of the American version in 2011. Amid much drama that summer, however, she was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger before the show went to air. In her suit, Cole claimed she was owed money under a pay or play contract. Cole had been paid $1.8M for Season 1 of the U.S. X Factor, but was seeking money for Season Two. Cole’s teams twice won the X Factor UK and Cowell told Britain’s Metro newspaper last week that the two had “patched up our differences a long time ago… I think both of us would like the idea of working together again.” He also praised her judging ability, “She was a great judge… and she knows what she’s talking about.” The X Factor UK was recently renewed for three years on ITV while the U.S. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CW Now A Force On Thursday As ABC, NBC & Fox Struggle At 8

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last week, the CW’s The Vampire Diaries for the first time topped an original The X Factor in adults 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.2), also finishing way ahead of ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9) in the hour. Last night, the CW (1.3) topped both ABC (0.9) and NBC (1.2) in the 8 PM hour for the second time this fall and is currently running a tenth behind Fox (1.4) a deficit it could erase by the end of the day if it is adjusted up in the finals like it did last week. With ABC’s Wonderland a non-starter, NBC’s Thursday comedy block in a state of collapse and Fox’s The X Factor getting there with its big ratings erosion this season — all while the CW’s Vampire Diaries is going strong — the 8 PM hour has a new dynamic this season. There is still the CBS dominance, fueled by The Big Bang Theory, plus what now is a four-way race for second place in adults 18-49 among ABC, NBC, Fox and yes, the CW. (Univision also factors in that race on the Spanish-language side). Vampire Diaries, which has benefited from the series’ recent exposure on Netflix the way Breaking Bad grew stronger on AMC after viewers discovered it on the streaming service, is holding up well against the biggest comedy series on television much like the WB’s Gilmore Girls did against Friends years ago. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE UPDATE: ‘X Factor’ Rebounds, ‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Arrow’ Post Highs

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 3 PM: Revolution‘s 1.4 streak is over. After logging a 1.4 18-49 rating for four consecutive weeks, the NBC drama inched up in the finals to a 1.5 today. Also adjusted up a tenth were Arrow, which matched its season high, and Survivor, while Super Fun Night was adjusted down a tenth.

PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: The X Factor (1.7) rebounded slightly from the then-series-low 1.5 the Fox music competition posted last Wednesday against the CMA Awards. After two weeks off, ABC’s Modern Family (3.8) matched the fast national for its most recent original on October 23. The Middle (2.3) was up 10% vs. the fast national for its most recent episode two weeks ago. Back In The Game (1.8) inched up a tenth, while Super Fun Night (2.1) was up 24% from October 30 when it followed a Modern Family repeat but down a tenth vs. when it last aired behind an original Modern Family on October 23. It will likely be adjusted down in the finals because of a minute of Modern Family overrun. Nashville (1.5) was up a tenth. NBC’s Revolution made it five consecutive weeks at a 1.4, earning a free refill next Wednesday. Law & Order: SVU (1.6) perked up 7%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The X Factor’ Hits Series Low For Regular Episode, CMAs Up

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 9:36am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The bad news for Fox’s The X Factor just keeps coming this week. On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox COO Chase Carey called the series’ performance this season “disappointing to date,” contributing to the company’s earnings miss. Last night, X Factor suffered a voting malfunction, resulting in all cast votes being tossed and the remaining acts having to perform again tonight. And this morning, the fast nationals showed that last night’s edition of X Factor posted a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, an all-time low for a regularly scheduled competition episode, down 32% from the show’s last regular episode on October 9. So much for 21st Century Fox brass’ hope that The X Factor could’ve been helped by the exposure it received during the World Series.

The X Factor likely was pushed down by a surging CMA Awards (4.7), which returned to Wednesday after airing on Thursday last year. The CMAs were up 24% from last year and on par with the last Wednesday telecast (4.8), while drawing the music awards show’s biggest audience in four years, 16.6 million. Needless to say, ABC won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.

CBS’ Survivor (2.5) rebounded from facing the deciding game of the World Series, up 9% from last Wednesday. Criminal Minds (2.4) was flat, while CSI (1.7) was down a tenth from last week’s fast national, … 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 East Coast broadcast, the Fox singing competition is scrapping the tally. A re-vote will be held tonight in a live, one-hour performance show where the top 13 acts will sing their “Save Me” songs from 8-9 PM ET with a tape-delay for the West Coast. Tonight was intended to be the season’s first live-results show, but now everyone gets a reprieve until next Wednesday when the results will be revealed and an act will be sent home. On that show, the remaining finalists will perform hit songs from the 1980s. The next night, another act will leave.

Simon Cowell for one saw the bright side, tweeting: “Mistakes happen. But now I have 24 hours to prepare my groups for tomorrow night. Let’s hope they all deliver.” He followed that up with: “And for a couple of contestants they must be thanking their lucky stars they get to sing another song tomorrow.

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‘Got Talent’ & ‘X Factor’ Franchises Get Global YouTube Channels: Video

FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell and Sony’s Syco Entertainment are launching one-stop-shop YouTube channels for the Got Talent and X Factor franchises. Although the various versions around the world — 55 for Got Talent and 25 for X Factor — have their own dedicated channels, the new outlets will draw fans to a single destination for the first time. That’s eyed as a big opportunity for brands to target a massive worldwide audience in one place. Each channel will curate viral clips from the local shows, which Fremantle and Syco say number in the billions of views per year. The companies will also produce original content including spinoffs and roundups. Here’s a teaser:

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SVU’ & ‘X Factor’ Up, ‘Modern Family’ Down, ‘Revolution’ Moves

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Producers of NBC’s drama Revolution were likely bracing for the worst when their show was moved from the cushy post-Voice Monday slot to Wednesday 8 PM. The transition wasn’t that bad and certainly a lot smoother than that of the previous NBC series to relocate from the Monday 10 PM slot, Smash. The second-season premiere of Revolution last night drew a 1.8 in adults 18-49, tying a series low. Still, it was down a modest 10% from Revolution‘s first-season finale behind The Voice, while Smash dropped 39% in its second-season opener. Comparisons to Revolution‘s series premiere behind the season debut of The Voice last fall are pretty much meaningless, but for the record: the drama was down 56% vs. 71% for Smash. Law & Order: SVU kicked off its 15th (!) season by resolving the May finale cliffhanger and drew a 2.7 18-49 rating for the two-hour premiere, up 29% from the year-ago debut in the same time slot.

The Voice does an The X Factor good? The introduction of two more nights of singing competition to the weekly schedule with the return of NBC’s The Voice and premiere week competition didn’t dent Fox’s X Factor. It posted a 2.5 18-49 rating last night, up 14% from last Wednesday’s season opener. Read More »

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