The legal battle between American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Fox over The X-Factor is over. Sources confirm that the two sides have reached a confidential settlement and are moving to have the case dismissed with prejudice. Fuller filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the network and the production company Freemantle Media over The X-Factor just before it was set to debut in America.
In week two a number of Thursday shows saw big declines, led by ABC’s Charlie’s Angels and NBC’s Prime Suspect, which both slid double-digit percentages from last week. The X Factor may be the only new show to gain traction on Thursday nights, and even it was down from last week’s lower-than-expected debut.
The beverage giant, whose Pepsi has dropped to the No. 3 soft drink behind Diet Coke, took a pass on sponsoring American Idol when the show launched nine years ago. It’s not about to make the same mistake twice.
Fox quietly paid to fly one promotion exec from each of its affiliates to Los Angeles earlier this week for an X-Factor meeting that featured an appearance by Simon Cowell.
LONDON (AP) — Look out, America. Britain’s guilty pleasure, the cheesy “X Factor” TV show, is crossing the pond. Will it work? Or is the U.S. public tiring of Simon Cowell-powered TV extravaganzas? A record audience of nearly 20 million British viewers flocked to the “X Factor” Sunday night finale, which awarded a 1 million-pound […]