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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“Total F Up”: Baseball Rain Delay Pushes Tonight’s ‘X Factor’ To Tuesday, Will Preempt Comedy Block And Face NBC’s ‘The Voice’

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 8:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

They meet again! After a scheduling move by NBC pitted the network’s The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor during their premiere week, the two singing competition series will go head-to-head again on Tuesday after Fox rescheduled tonight’s episode because … Read More »

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Britney Spears Nears Deal For ‘The X Factor’

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 6:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I hear that Britney Spears is close to a deal to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel of The X Factor in Season 2. Spears had been in talks for the gig for over … Read More »

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Simon Cowell Plans ‘X Factor’ Stage Musical

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 7:25am PDT

Simon Cowell may soon have a new venue to go head-to-head with his longtime rival, American Idol creator Simon Fuller: Both are planning musicals for London’s West End. Cowell wants to build a stage show around his global franchise X Factor. Cowell has approached Brit comedian Harry Hill to write the book and comedy music producer Steve Brown — who has worked with UK X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson — to come up with musical ideas. Cowell’s production company Syco tells me that it’s still in “very early discussions” about the show. Hill fronts popular ITV comedy TV Burp. Its latest season starts airing soon — right before the current UK run of The X Factor. The comedian pokes fun at clips of the previous week’s TV shows, often singling out Cowell’s music contest. Brown wrote the music for TV Burp and has also written for Cowell’s regular UK TV presenters Ant’n’Dec, so it’s all very much in the family.

Fuller — who is suing for an executive producer credit on the U.S. version of X Factor — is a step ahead with his planned West End stage musical Viva Forever, based on the songs of his pop group the Spice Girls. Producer Judy Craymer, who dreamed up the worldwide Mamma Mia! phenomenon, begins workshops next month and hopes to open Viva Forever by March 2013. The show promises “a glimpse of the underbelly of TV talent shows.” Brit TV comedian Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) has written the book. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, India, China

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 9:20pm PDT

Simon Cowell Tries To Deflect Flak From ‘Red Or Black?’
The music and TV mogul said today “human error” was to blame after a man who did time for domestic abuse, Nathan Hageman, won the £1M jackpot on the game show’s … Read More »

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UPDATED: ‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller Sues Fox & Fremantle Over ‘X Factor’

By | Wednesday July 20, 2011 @ 1:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE 1:15 PM: Simon Fuller’s legal battle with Fox and FremantleMedia is quickly turning nasty, with the two sides throwing salvos at each other. Would they be able to bury the hatchet and maintain a decent working relationship on the upcoming 11th season of American Idol while the legal … Read More »

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Fox, Simon Cowell Break Silence, Confirm Nicole Scherzinger Will Replace Cheryl Cole On ‘X Factor’

By | Monday June 6, 2011 @ 8:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a week of behind-the-scene drama, Fox, and X Factor USA producers Simon Cowell’s Syco TV and FremantleMedia this morning issued a statement confirming the … Read More »

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Never Mind: Cheryl Cole Asked To Return To Fox’s ‘X Factor’?

By | Saturday June 4, 2011 @ 10:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The drama continues. After she was dropped from the U.S. X Factor and declined to return to the original British show, Cheryl Cole now may … Read More »

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Fox Schedule Intel: ‘Terra Nova’ On Monday?

By | Sunday May 15, 2011 @ 1:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Right after NBC, it is Fox’s presenting its fall schedule tomorrow. After making some major scheduling moves last year with shifting American Idol to Wednesdays and Thursdays and launching a Glee-anchored comedy block on Tuesdays, the network is expected to … Read More »

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‘The X Factor’ Paula Abdul Signs With CAA

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 6:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of getting a new job as a judge on Fox’s X Factor, Paula Abdul is also getting a new agency representation. Abdul has just signed with CAA. For the past almost 2 years, since her abrupt … Read More »

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TV BAFTA Awards: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Battles ‘Glee’ And ‘Mad Men’

Mad Men, which has won best international show at the Brit TV BAFTA awards for the past two years, is up against Boardwalk Empire, Glee, and Danish crime thriller The Killing. This year’s BAFTA TV awards will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on May 22, fronted by chat show host Graham Norton. BBC1 will televise the show on the night.

Misfits, the sci-fi drama that U.S. broadcasters are sniffing around for a remake, leads the nominations in four categories. The BBC’s Sherlock has three nominations in total, as do Channel 4’s drama Any Human Heart and the BBC’s The Road to Coronation Street, the story of how the UK’s longest-running soap nearly never made it on air. Other names known in Hollywood up for awards include Steve Coogan and Gillian Anderson, and The X Factor is nominated for Entertainment Programme.

The BBC leads the broadcaster noms with 51 nominations in total, followed by Channel 4 (26), ITV (8) and Sky (6), the highest-ever number of nominations for Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV service, including the first-ever for a 3D program:

Philips British Academy TV Awards 2011 Nominations
Leading Actor/Programme/Channel
Jim Broadbent/Any Human Heart/Channel 4
Benedict Cumberbatch/Sherlock/BBC One
Daniel Rigby/Eric and Ernie/BBC Four
Matt Smith/Doctor Who/BBC One

Leading Actress/Programme/Channel
Anna Maxwell Martin/South Riding/BBC One
Vicky McClure/This Is England ’86/Channel 4
Natalie Press/Five Daughters/BBC One
Juliet Stevenson/Accused/BBC One

Supporting Actor/Programme/Channel
Brendan Coyle/Downton Abbey/ITV1
Martin Freeman/Sherlock/BBC One
Johnny Harris/This Is England ’86/Channel 4
Robert Sheehan/Misfits/E4

Supporting Actress/Programme/Channel
Gillian Anderson/Any Human Heart/Channel 4
Lynda Baron/The Road to Coronation Street/BBC Four
Lauren Socha/Misfits/E4
Jessie Wallace/The Road to Coronation Street/BBC Four

Entertainment Performance/Programme/Channel
Rob Brydon/The Rob Brydon Show/BBC Two
Stephen Fry/QI/BBC One
Harry Hill/Harry Hill’s TV Burp/ITV1
Graham Norton/The Graham Norton Show/BBC One

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ITV Confirms Simon Cowell Will Not Be Weekly Judge On UK ‘X Factor’

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of TV, said this weekend that Simon Cowell will not be one of the main judges on the British X Factor. ITV is still holding out that Cowell will appear in the live shows toward the end … Read More »

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Report: Cowell Quits UK’s ‘The X Factor’

While he continues to do his tedious fan dance as to who will judge the U.S. X Factor, Simon Cowell has reportedly told Brit broadcaster ITV that he will not be judging this year’s home-grown version. According to the … Read More »

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Simon Cowell: ‘X Factor’ Nowhere Near Picking Remaining Judges

Nellie Andreeva

On a call promoting the new X Factor recording booths that are being dispatched to six cities for auditions, boss Simon Cowell shared his frustration over the dragged-out decision on who the remaining two judges will be, joining him … Read More »

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Simon Cowell Hopes To Announce Remaining ‘X Factor’ Judges “Very Shortly”

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 2:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

During a live chat on Twitter to drum up interest in the upcoming auditions for his new Fox reality series, the incredibly press savvy X Factor creator-star judge-executive producer Simon Cowell said that Cheryl Cole, judge on the British X Read More »

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It’s Official: Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid Tapped As ‘X Factor’ Judge

By | Friday March 18, 2011 @ 1:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox just officially announced that Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who resigned yesterday as chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, will join Simon Cowell on the judging panel of The X Factor. “L.A. was my number one choice to sit alongside me on the show,” Cowell said. “In … Read More »

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Record Executive L.A. Reid Negotiating For ‘X Factor’ Judging Gig

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 5:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Well, now there will be two judges on big singing-competition series dropping Mariah Carey’s name. Sources confirm that Island Def Jam Music Group chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid is in negotiations to join Simon Cowell’s upcoming X Factor on … Read More »

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Enrique Iglesias Approached For ‘X Factor’

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 12:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Simon Cowell and Fox may be looking to shake things up in the on-air department of the upcoming reality series X Factor. I hear pop star Enrique Iglesias has been approached to star on the singing competition series. … Read More »

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‘X Factor’ Wins At Royal TV Society Awards

Simon Cowell and his X Factor producers won best entertainment show at tonight’s Royal Television Society awards in London. And BBC hit Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, beat ITV’s Downton Abbey to win best drama series. But Piers … Read More »

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