Pick-Ups and Cancellations: Fox Goes Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter on All the "American Idol" Judges
According to The Wrap, Fox is taking a sledgehammer to "American Idol" after it finishes the season later this month. Who among the judges is staying? Mariah Carey? NAWT YOU. Randy Jackson? NAWT YOU. Karl Urban's country-and-western brother? NAWT YOU.
Apparently, they're even shotgun blasting producer Nigel Lythgoe, and will bring in an all new judging panel in an attempt to appeal to a younger demo. Given the deterioration of "American Idol's" ratings over the last few years, they should probably focus on appealing to any demo, as what was once the most dominant show on television now regularly gets beat by "Duck Dynasty."
Honestly, I don't really care. I haven't watch "AI" in years, but that doesn't stop them from asking who season winners are at goddamn pub trivia. Goddamn blind spot. Also, while The Wrap is typically reliable, they do sometimes overreach, so this is obviously not a done deal, but it ought to make the last few episodes amusingly awkward.
Fox also announced all their picks-ups for next season. We'll have more once clips of the pilots are available, but the only ones of interest, really, are "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which is a cop sitcom from Michael Shur starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, and "Rake," the adaptation of the quirky Australian legal drama, which will star Greg Kinnear. Oh, and the "Us and Them," the "Gavin and Stacey" remake, starring Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter, looks promising. You can read more about the Fox pick-ups, including J.J. Abrams' sci-fi cop show set in the future where humans are partnered with androids, right here.
Meanwhile, NBC cancelled "Deception." I know, I barely remember that it existed, either. NBC has also decided not to move ahead with a few pilots, most notably the contemporary set "Hatfields and McCoys" produced by Charlize Theron. If you had any friends working on that, I'm sorry. Otherwise, I doubt any of you really care.