Maura Johnston

Ad Gauge: Which Shows Command Top Dollar For Commercials?

‘American Idol‘ might have an uncertain future as far as how Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will fare behind the judges’ table once Season 10 starts, but one thing’s for sure: TV’s most watched series continues to print money for Fox. Advertising Age reports that ad rates for ‘Idol’ remain the highest in primetime, with […]

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Judge Switcheroo Just The Beginning Of ‘Idol’ Changes

Immediately following the big reveal of the new panel of ‘American Idol’ judges, the show held a press conference to outline other changes for the upcoming season, its 10th. Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson were joined by host Ryan Seacrest, Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, and various members of ‘Idol’ brass […]

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‘American Idol’ Announces Addition Of Steven Tyler And Jennifer Lopez

At a combination press conference/open audition in Los Angeles today, Ryan Seacrest announced what many observers of ‘American Idol‘ had surmised for some time: The panel of judges for the show’s 10th season will consist of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, pop diva Jennifer Lopez, and original ‘Idol’ judge Randy Jackson. “It’s being a part […]

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‘American Idol’ To Refocus On Talent: 5 Possible Outcomes

The 10th season of Fox’s ‘American Idol’ has had, to say the least, a lot of speculation surrounding it, due to yet-to-be-specified chair-shuffling at the judges’ table, behind-the-scenes changes, and a slightly dimmed profile for the show. But one thing has remained constant through all the tumult: the competition’s purpose, which is to find a […]

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The ‘Idol’ Shakeup: Will Bringing In Celebrities Revitalize The Show?

What to make of the reboot of ‘American Idol‘ that has been taking shape over the past 24 hours? The days when only Simon Cowell was departing from the judges’ table seem positively boring compared to the last day, in which Ellen DeGeneres departed, Kara DioGuardi was rumored to have been fired, and Jennifer Lopez […]

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Report: Nigel Lythgoe May Return To ‘Idol’ — What Will He Fix?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, former ‘American Idol‘ producer Nigel Lythgoe is in talks with Fox to return to the show as part of a series-wide Season 10 reboot. Lythgoe, who currently produces and judges ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ departed the show after Season Seven — and he’s been a vocal critic of […]

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‘American Idol’ Closes The Book On Year Nine

Tonight ‘American Idol‘ crowned its ninth winner, the often-abashed paint salesman from the Chicago suburbs Lee DeWyze. Although you’re forgiven if you didn’t think that was really the point of the final Season Nine episode; the two-hour show, which had its high points and low moments and just plain weird bits, often seemed more devoted […]

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