So Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are about to be tossed under the bus once the current season of American Idol ends. That is no big deal, at least for Minaj who came into the competition series at the peak of her career. As evidence of this, Hollywood wants the pop singer to act alongside Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman which is currently in development. The pic stars Diaz as a woman who teams up with her lover’s wife to plot revenge after they discover each other. Supporting stars include Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney. The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes is behind the camera on this one.
People in the media must be really sick of American Idol after dominated television for much of the last decade because the major story of the spring has been the demise of the long-running series and nobody has been covering it in the mainstream. The talent competition show might as well have gone extinct as its 3.0 18-49′s is a soft comparison to the 5.0′s and 6.0′s it brought in not so long ago. Not being a viewer myself, I was a bit amazed that Fox would sit on their hands and not try to do anything to “fix” viewership. Maybe there was something I was missing.
Well, apparently not as Fox reportedly tried their hand at a coup that failed miserably. The broadcaster was all set to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez. Yes, Jennifer Lopez the woman who abandoned the show responsible for her career resurgence thinking that all sorts of film deals would come her way. It did not happen as the pop star was fading fast which explains why she would 180 on her stance of wanting nothing to do with American Idol.
That said, the deal clearly did not go through because of one reason: Mariah Carey lawyer’d up and that was that. The network backer of American Idol did not want a battle that would undoubtedly drag out bad press for the series for a very long time. What they want to do is get out of this season alive and rip off the band aid of Mariah without much afterthought. Make no doubt about it, that will be happening although it will not occur until the end of the season at which point Jennifer Lopez will likely come in as a replacement for her third turn on the judge’s panel.
As most of you have already heard, the judges’ panel for American Idol is undergoing some changes in the off-season. The departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have opened the door for Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj, and while the jury remains out on whether that will work, promotion has started to ramp up. Ryan Seacrest and Ryan Jackson brought newcomer Keith Urban on The Tonight Show last night as the official start of their press tour. Here is the footage from the appearance. Continue Reading
The full midseason 2013 lineup has been announced for Fox. The network is not exactly full of surprises, but its American Idol return date of January 16 might be of note. Also interesting is that the broadcaster has set a preview show for The Following on January 19, two days prior to the show’s series premiere. This is that Kevin Bacon serial killer drama that will run on a shortened order. No one has seen the program just yet, but judging from the trailers it looks like it could be one of the best new shows this entire television season. Continue Reading
In the most anticlimactic reality announcement ever, Fox has officialized the panel for the 2013 run of American Idol. The number one show on television will again feature Randy Jackson in the judges’ panel where he will be joined by three A-list musicians debuting on the show. Replacing the combination of Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be rapper Nicki Minaj, country singer Keith Urban, and the already-announced Mariah Carey. Ryan Seacrest will return to host the series which will debut its 12th cycle in January. Keep reading for the network spin. Continue Reading
It is definitely starting to look like American Idol is upgrading its judges’ panel substantially in the off-season. Just the other day, it was announced the Mariah Carey has officially signed on to take up Jennifer Lopez’s spot at the table next year leaving one more vacant spot to be filled (assuming Randy Jackson is returning.) Now we are hearing that the show’s producers are looking to go country by luring in Brad Paisley. Continue Reading
It is now official: Mariah Carey will be replacing Jennifer Lopez on American Idol next season. The price tag?
$17 $18 million for the first year alone. This is more than Britney Spears or even America’s Got Talent’s Howard Stern–making her one of the highest paid figures in all of television. Hopefully for the reality show, the multi-platinum recording artist’s comments click with viewers. Continue Reading
Jennifer Lopez is quitting American Idol. On the day following Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler’s exit, Lopez broke the news via a spokesperson to the Associated Press; however, we are yet to hear some official confirmation from Fox leaving me to believe that there is still a figure the broadcaster can throw out to get her to change her mind. Hopefully, the AP report proves valid because Jennifer Lopez’s abuse of the media to up her salary is pretty obnoxious.
This news follows the actress’ call-in interview via Ryan Seacrest’s radio show where she did not flat out say she was done, but the singer certainly implied it. The pop star is said to be resuming other elements of her career which are presumably more lucrative than the $10-15 million she receives annually from Idol. Hit the jump for the radio call-in interview.
It looks like Fox’s upcoming revamp of American Idol will not be one of choice after all. Steven Tyler has officially quit the show releasing a statement earlier today that reads, ““After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.” Continue Reading
Rumors are starting to surface that the American Idol shake-up alluded to by the series’ producers at the end of last season may include a new judge. Continue Reading
American Idol is still in the running for most-watched show on television. Whether it is or not it actually is depends on your parameters, but the point is that the reality competition series is far from what it once was. Continue Reading
Not that there was anyone worrying about this one, Jennifer Lopez is indeed returning to America’s number 1 show in 2012 to sort the good singers from the bad. It was reported recently that American Idol’s producers said she would indeed return on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, so write this update off as a ‘t’ crosser. Continue Reading
The news came via executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today that Jennifer Lopez would be returning for a second season on television’s number one show, American Idol. Early on, there was a lack of certainty as to whether the singer would return to the series given issues in her personal life, but in recent weeks the two parties have been in talks trying to negotiate this return. Continue Reading