Paula Abdul To Judge ‘American Idol’ As Luke Bryan Tests Positive For COVID

American Idol judge Luke Bryan will miss Monday’s live broadcast after testing positive for COVID. The ABC series has tapped an original Idol judge to fill in for him. Paula Abdul will fill Bryan’s spot at the judges’ table on Monday, marking her first appearance on the show since it moved to ABC from Fox.

‘American Idol’ Heads Into Production

American Idol was one of the first major entertainment formats to battle through the COVID-19 production shutdown to finish its last season with a series of episodes filmed remotely. The talent competition is now heading into production on its fourth season for ABC and is back at its usual scale, albeit safely.

American Idol’ Renewed For Season 4 At ABC

ABC has renewed American Idol for a fourth season, but for the second year in a row, the pickup comes without new deals for judges Katy Perry, Luke Byran and Lionel Richie and host Ryan Seacrest.

What It Takes To Make ‘Idol’ In Lockdown

Parents as crew members, producers as bandwidth police, 90 new iPhones, confetti cannons in the mail and techniques borrowed from TikTok: Behind the scenes on the original singing-competition show.

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Live(ish) From Someone’s Room, This Is TV

American Idol and The Voice, usually oversized spectacles, have become test cases for TV under lockdown. The results so far have been both affecting and unsettling, emotional and apocalyptic.

How Is ‘American Idol’ Going To Go Live?

Imagine filming a summer action blockbuster in your basement. Or trying to pull off a heavyweight boxing match with the fighters in two different states. That’s basically the challenge facing the team behind American Idol as the show prepares to switch from taped segments to live shows on Sunday. Of course, they can’t actually go live because of social distancing rules imposed due to the pandemic, so producers have had to get very, very creative this time around to keep season 18 afloat amid the most challenging conditions in show history.

ABC Shifts Schedule For ‘American Idol’

ABC has shifted scheduling for American Idol amidst of the coronavirus pandemic and is exploring “multiple” options for its live shows. The network is spreading its next two episodes, set in Aulani, Hawaii, across two weeks rather than one. The next two episodes will air on Sunday, March 29, between 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, in the same timeslot. It was previously planned to have the Hawaii showcase eps run on March 29 and March 30.

‘American Idol’ Suspends Production

American Idol is the latest TV show to shut down in light of the coronavirus outbreak: The ABC singing competition is suspending production, effective immediately. Filming has been halted to ensure that contestants can get home to their families, according to a source; the rest of the production is working remotely, and has been since last week. For now, episodes will continue to air as scheduled through the beginning of the live shows, which were slated to kick off in mid-April, but producers will continue to evaluate things on a week-to-week basis.

Ryan Seacrest To Return For ‘American Idol’

Ryan Seacrest will return as the host of American Idol for the music competition’s third season on ABC. Seacrest has been with Idol since it launched on Fox back in 2002.

ABC Renews ‘American Idol’ For Season 3

This will be the singing competition show’s 18th season overall, including the 15 seasons that aired on Fox before the show moved to ABC in 2018.

Can ‘Idol’s Return Hit Right Notes For ABC?

This week, ABC can finally prove its naysayers wrong with American Idol’s return, which the network hopes will allow it to climb out of fourth place among broadcasters in the adults 18-49 demo. The series made its ABC debut on Sunday night, with Ryan Seacrest returning as host and a new judges panel: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. The show’s producers insist that while Idol won’t replicate its gargantuan ratings from early in its run — in 2003, its Season 2 finale drew a massive 38.1 million viewers and a 16.8 demo rating — there’s still plenty of gas left in its tank.

ABC’s ‘Idol’ Producers Defend Costs, Seacrest

TV’s former ‘Death Star’ gets Disney’s playbook and surprisingly strong ad sales as it returns for a reboot with its venerable host facing a harassment claim.

Fox Seeks To Dismiss $240M ‘Idol’ Lawsuit

The suit alleges that Fox schemed with private equity giant Apollo Global Management to strip the assets of American Idol producer Core Media to the detriment of lenders.

ABC ‘Idol’ Revival Sets March Premiere Date

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Ryan Seacrest To Host ABC’s Revived ‘Idol’

Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting American Idol when it returns for its first season on ABC. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.

Who’s Back For ABC’s ‘Idol’ Revival?

As producer FremantleMedia preps the upcoming 16th season of the revived American Idol on ABC, it has quietly begun to draw a number of Idol veterans once again into the show’s orbit. Among the behind-the-scenes professionals returning for the ABC reboot are senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn; executive in charge in production Wylleen May; music supervisor Robin Kaye; and co-executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick.

‘American Idol’ Reboot Eyes Katy Perry As Judge

‘Idol’ Reboot Puts Squeeze On ABC Pilots

Producers with pilots in contention at ABC were less than thrilled to hear the news that the network was reviving American Idol. The talent competition, which ABC announced Tuesday will return to television in the 2017-18 season, will likely fill up multiple time slots that might otherwise gone to scripted series. All of this adds up to ABC probably being more selective about its comedy and drama pickups this year.

‘American Idol’ Is Coming Back To Television

ABC announced that it will revive the old Fox hit, which was canceled because of falling ratings, sometime during the 2017-18 television season.

ABC In Talks For ‘American Idol’ Reboot

ABC is now in negotiations with FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group about bringing back the long-running singing competition for a new season.

NBC In Talks To Revive ‘American Idol’

According to sources with knowledge of the discussions, NBC has been pitched a revival of the long-running singing competition by producer Fremantle and is now mulling options for how to integrate the show into its programming slate. One possibility being considered: cutting NBC’s existing singing competition The Voice from two cycles a year to one.

‘American Idol’ Contestant Sues Over Injury

‘American Idol’ To Receive TV Academy Award

The Television Academy has crowned the long-running Fox singing competition show with its annual Governors Award, which honors exceptional achievement in the television arts and sciences.

At Emmys, No Kind Farewell For ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be no nostalgic wave goodbye at the Emmy Awards for “The Good Wife” and “American Idol.” Many critics considered CBS’ “The Good Wife” to be broadcast television’s top drama before its series finale this past spring. But the show wasn’t nominated for a best drama Emmy and, perhaps more […]

‘Idol’ Production Company Files For Bankruptcy

‘Idol’ Crowns Final Winner As Show Ends

American Idol, once a ratings powerhouse that influenced TV and music, had suffered steady audience erosion before Fox decided it would end this season. Series executive producer Nigel Lythgoe promised the finale would celebrate its large ranks of contestants, not big-name guests as in previous years, and he stuck to that pledge. In the finale, Trent Harmon (above) defeated La’Porsha Renae.

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‘Idol’s Impact Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Even the catchiest pop songs eventually make you want to dive for the earplugs. And so it goes with Fox’s American Idol, which is being taken out of rotation today the way we shoo away a beloved house guest who has overstayed his welcome.

How ‘American Idol’ Changed Pop Culture

It might be hard to remember now, but American Idol had quite an impact. Though the Fox show has dropped off the grid in recent years, it created music stars and made Paula Abdul a household name again, while sparking an endless era of reality competition singing shows. As the series ends for good on Thursday, here’s a look back on 15 years of Idol to see the significance it had in several sectors of showbiz.

‘American Idol’ Vows ‘Spectacular’ Finale

Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe, who helped translate Britain’s Pop Idol into the Fox version that debuted in 2002, said the April 6 farewell episode will be memorable. “It’s going to be a rather spectacular show,” Lythgoe promised, with all the former winners on hand along with past contestants and “other surprises” in the two-hour finale.

Swan Song For ‘American Idol’ After 15 Years

Fox’s singing contest, which begins its 15th and final season Wednesday, was a blockbuster that invigorated its network. It made stars of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and others, and resurrected the TV talent show as a boom industry that includes NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

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Fox Calling An End To ‘American Idol’

The network announced Monday that American Idol will go off the air after its 15th season next spring. The cast from the past seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show’s history.

‘Idol’ Winner Files Complaint Against Producer

Fox’s ‘Idol’ Talks Cross-Promo With ‘Empire’

The two shows air back-to-back on Wednesday nights. Empire has been a success out of the box, already earning an order for a second season, while age has cost American Idol its long-time status of television’s biggest show.

Can Scott Borchetta Save Sinking ‘American Idol’?

Slimmed-Down ‘American Idol’ Returns

Longtime judge, short-time mentor Randy Jackson is gone. Music executive Scott Borchetta, whose impressive credentials include acting as mentor to Taylor Swift, will play that role for contestants and the winner will be signed to Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. There’s another shake up ahead for the Fox series, which returns for its 14th season with an hour-long episode Wednesday and a two-hour episode Thursday: Starting with the live shows in mid-March, American Idol will cut back to a two-hour show once a week, on Wednesday.

As Coke Exits, Future Of ‘Idol’ Looks Grim

If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it’s looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won’t be running ads in the reality show’s 14th season. Coke’s unstated statement is pretty blunt: Young people who like music aren’t watching broadcast anymore. They’re watching YouTube, living on mobile, playing video games and tuning into a select few traditional TV networks.