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‘Bachelor,’ ‘American Idol’ Among ABC Unscripted Renewals

ABC is solidifying its unscripted lineup for 2022-23. The network has renewed five veteran series for next season: America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Idol, The Bachelor, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank. They join Bachelor in Paradise and Judge Steve Harvey, which earned renewals in April, on ABC’s reality and game show slate. Supermarket […]

TV Ratings: CMT Music Awards Score Big Increase With CBS Move

The CMT Music Awards scored huge year to year ratings increases on Monday — no surprise, since the show moved from its namesake cable outlet to broadcaster CBS. ABC’s American Idol finished in a near-tie with the awards, with both coming in way ahead of American Song Contest on NBC. The CMT Music Awards averaged […]

The Real Way to Win ‘American Idol’ Is by Not Even Winning

“If you asked me season one, I’d say that’s what you’re playing for, that’s why you’re auditioning. You want to be the winner, of course … why would it be anything else?” says Ryan Seacrest, reflecting on American Idol’s race to the top spot these past 20 years. “Looking back, that’s so far from the […]

‘American Idol’ at 20: “Name One Person That’s Come Off of Another Competition Show”

On June 11, 2002, American Idol premiered its first season on Fox — crowning champion Kelly Clarkson, igniting the reality competition show genre and breaking new technological ground as co-host Ryan Seacrest taught America how to text in their votes. Times change. Reality competitions litter the dial — on broadcast and streaming — but none […]

Ryan Seacrest: “As Long as There’s TV, There Will Be an ‘American Idol’”

To look back and see a 20-year evolution of this series is something I never expected. The first season stands out to me because we went on the air unknown. About midway through the season, it started to generate relatively large numbers in primetime. We were taken aback by the machine that it was becoming […]

‘American Idol’ Judges, Host Ryan Seacrest Re-Up for 2022

American Idol is keeping the band together for its fifth season on ABC. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and host Ryan Seacrest have all inked new deals to remain with the singing competition in 2022 — which will mark the show’s 20th season overall, the first 15 on Fox. Their returns are […]

Oluniké Adeliyi, Loren Lott Join CBC, BET+ Civil Rights Drama ‘The Porter’ (Exclusive)

Oluniké Adeliyi and American Idol alum Loren Lott have joined the ensemble cast for The Porter, a BET+ and CBC drama about North American railway workers now shooting in Winnipeg. Set in the roaring 1920s in Montreal and Chicago, the drama from Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films follows two Black railway porters who hustle, dream, […]

‘American Idol,’ ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Among ABC Unscripted Renewals

American Idol will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022 — and also air its 20th season then. ABC has renewed Idol for the 2021-22 season, along with long-running unscripted series America’s Funniest Home Videos (season 32) and Shark Tank (season 13) 2020-21 newcomers Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep, both of which are getting […]

‘American Idol’ Finalist Exits Over Controversial Video From When He Was 12 Years Old

A top American Idol finalist has abruptly exited the reality competition show after a controversial video emerged. Caleb Kennedy, a 16-year-old country singer-songwriter on the ABC reality show, is no longer going to be part of the competition following a video that surfaced online that allegedly shows him sitting next to somebody wearing what appears […]

Streaming Growth Lifts RTL, ‘American Idol’ and ‘Game of Talents’ Help Fremantle

The first-quarter results of European television giant RTL Group — the owner of American Idol producer Fremantle — could be summed up in four words: streaming good, lockdown bad.  Coronavirus lockdown measures across Europe, where the company owns free-to-air networks, including RTL in Germany and M6 in France, hit television advertising sales and overall revenue […]

Paula Abdul to Judge ‘American Idol’ as Luke Bryan Tests Positive for COVID

Monday's live show will mark Abdul's first appearance on the show since it moved to ABC.

German Media Giant Bertelsmann Boosts Profit Despite COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic hit Bertelsmann's ad-supported TV divisions Fremantle and RTL Group, but digital operations saw strong growth.