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Pick-Ups and Cancellations: Fox Goes Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter on All the "American Idol" Judges

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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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.

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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.



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  • e jerry powell

    It really is time for AI to get taken out behind the barn and shot like the limp quarter-horse it is. And Lythgoe should be fired from producing/sourpussing SYTYCD, too. I can at least tolerate the show for the performances, and if getting his face off of the screen makes the performances another two minutes longer each, I'm all for it.

  • Fox just needs to accept that this is just where AI is at in its life cycle. It's been on FOREVER and it has a lot of competition now. Plus the "talent" is not so talented anymore. I had to watch an ep with a friend and they were barely passable singers who will go on to do nothing. It's not the judges fault, the show's just cooked.

  • atoz15

    Does anyone know if Schur's FOX show mean tht he will leaving Parks? Or will he split his time? Bc we all know how tht worked out after he left The Office. If he's leaving i honestly feel like Parks should not go on very much longer (aware and happy it was just renewed) and Parks is my favorite show of ALL TIME.

  • atoz15

    means that he will be leaving parks?* WOW so many errors.

  • Didn't Fox pick-up a show from Bill Lawrence? How is that not noteworthy?

  • I'm a little concerned with what the Nigel Lythgoe ouster from AI might mean for So You Think You Can Dance. Of course, SYTYCD has been slipping a bit in quality the past few seasons so it might be OK if it ended at the end of the 10th season as long as someone can find a reason to keep Cat Deeley on my TV. She's a treasure.

  • DominaNefret

    They need to remove the age cap. Let anyone audition. Get rid of Vegas week and make the audition process more compelling.

  • I kind of loved reading that Harry Connick Jr. told the girls left on AI that they need to understand what they're singing about, and that the vocal acrobatics aren't always necessary. I mean, not everyone can be Whitney, or Mariah, or Christina. http://www.nextavenue.org/blog...

  • Slash

    Maybe people are finally realizing that singing contests are boring.

    Except for that European one where everybody dresses up like cosplay rejects. Apparently that one is goddam mesmerizing.

    Two women bitching at each other like 12-year-old girls is not mesmerizing. (No offense intended to the majority of 12-year-old girls, who are probably more mature than the women in question.)

  • toblerone

    Almost Human - Karl Urban is going be on the Tee Vee every week? Clazy!

    An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases - Indiewire

    By the description isn't that the same as every other cop procedural dynamic (sans robots insert Castle, Bones, Sherlock, The Mentalist,etc) on TV now.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Right down to the part where they eventually fuck, yes.

    Hot robot on human action, finally.

  • Isn't this a Will Smith movie that comes on t.v. a lot???

  • Robert

    That's what American Idol gets for forcing a female winner on us this season rather than letting America decide. I get why they'd be leery of another white guy with a guitar winning after five in a row, but they intentionally tipped the odds to get an all girl Top 5. One wgwg made the top 10 and he wasn't even the strongest guitar slinger left in the contest. Each of the first three weeks of the finals, the judges bussed at least two male contestants to get people to vote for anyone but the guys. I mean, Nicki Minaj didn't even bother to show up for the first live performance of the season, done by a guy, and her absence overshadowed his presence so much that he went home first.

    The show's strategy succeeded in generating a female winner and then backfired with viewers. You know what's boring? Watching five pretty girls sing two hours of bland ballads every week. They all have the same voice range, so you don't even get a break from the key signatures. They really started hemorrhaging viewers this season when the save all the girls strategy became obvious to anyone watching the show. Mind you, the show was boring at the Top 10 because all the finalists only wanted to sing ballads, but at least they could break it up with a low gospel baritone versus a high country soprano.

    Of course, the graceful thing to do would be to end American Idol before reruns of Freddy's Nightmares of Chiller eclipses it in the ratings. They won't. Duck Dynasty already tops them. It won't be long until the limited access Funimation challenge bests them with old episodes of Speed Racer.

  • e jerry powell

    Okay, so that's why Carson was making such a big deal about voting irregularities on The Voice last night.

  • BlackRabbit

    What's a "wgwg?"

  • White Guy With Guitar. Yeah, I had to think about it for a minute too.

  • I'm really curious to see if HBO announces its pickups soon. They already committed to the amazing True Detective, but there are a few others dangling out there ("Buda Bridge," "The Missionary," "The Leftovers") that seem awfully intriguing.

    AMC needs to make a decision on its Silicon Valley show and its Revolutionary War spies series ("Turn"), too. I hope they both get orders.

  • ZombieNurse

    I wish AI would just go away. Haven't they pretty much shaken the junk drawer of America until they've found whatever marginal talent was hidden in there? Now there is nothing left but inkless pins and old chopsticks, and no one wants to listen to that.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    This is a question for ZombieNurse but also for the entire Pajiba universe: If you discover a spelling or grammar error in your post, and no one has commented on it, why not just edit the post? I've been editing for grammar and spelling since Disqus went into effect - have I been violating some unwritten Pajiba ordinance?

  • ZombieNurse

    I saw the mistake and I panicked. Didn't think of editing it until I'd already added the new comment!

  • ZombieNurse

    *Pens! Sorry. Inkless pens.

  • Three_nineteen

    Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Those two names so close together hurts my eyes.

  • Guest

    If it wasn't for Samberg everything else about this show would make it love at first sight.

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