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Friday
Apr132012

"Flintstones" Remake Put On Hold

Michael Underwood/Picture Group for FOX(NEW YORK) -- Seth MacFarlane's remake of The Flintstones was scheduled to debut on Fox next year, but the project has now been put on hold, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The decision was made in order to accommodate the Family Guy creator's busy schedule.

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Friday
Mar162012

Fox Keeps Two-Hour "American Idol" Performance Shows

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fox isn't going to scale back American Idol's two-hour performance shows, as it originally planned.

Fox intended to downsize the Wednesday night performance shows to 90 minutes early next month to make room for I Hate My Teenage Daughter.  The Jaime Pressly comedy currently airs Tuesday nights, but was slated to move to the post-Idol time slot on April 4.

Fox changed its mind on Thursday, announcing that I Hate My Teenage Daughter will go on hiatus following a new episode scheduled to air April 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The remaining original episodes will air in the summer -- a possible sign that the ratings-challenged show will be cancelled.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Fox's 'House' Ending Eight-Season Run This Spring

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight seasons, the Fox series House will end its run this spring. The show's executive producers, including star Hugh Laurie, said in a statement released Wednesday, "The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party.  How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air."

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a separate statement, "While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision [executive producers] Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made....For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us -- and fans around the world -- some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television."

The statements did not disclose the airdate of the House series finale, but they suggested that the show will conclude sometime in April, after 177 episodes.

House premiered in 2004 and turned Hugh Laurie, the British actor who portrays the titular, cantankerous doctor, into a household name in the U.S. The show's cast has included, at one point or another, Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Amber Tamblyn.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

New Kiefer Sutherland Drama 'Touch' Premieres on Fox Wednesday

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Less than two years after his hit series 24 ended its run, Kiefer Sutherland returns to Fox on Wednesday with a preview episode of his new drama, Touch.

In the new show, he plays a widower and a father of an emotionally challenged 11-year-old boy, Jake.  With the help of a professor, he attempts to connect with Jake through his son's ability to recognize hidden patterns that are connected to the lives of people around the world.

Sutherland says he was hooked the moment he read the script, adding, "It's just such a beautiful piece about faith and hope and I don't think we can have enough of those two elements in our life and it certainly describes the dynamic between this father and son."

Danny Glover also stars in Touch, which airs after American Idol at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The show does not officially premiere until March 19.

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Monday
Jan092012

Fox Says It Wants to Keep Ryan Seacrest on 'American Idol'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Fox would rather not envision an American Idol without its longtime host, Ryan Seacrest.  The Hollywood Reporter published a story last week that suggested that Seacrest could leave the show after his contract with Idol expires after this year.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said the network has every intention of retaining Seacrest.

He said, "It's very hard to imagine the show without Ryan....[I]t's a tough negotiation and one that will come to a conclusion I think pretty quickly."

Seacrest echoed those thoughts, but he also acknowledged that he's in the midst of negotiations with NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, for which he is an anchor. He also produces the Kardashian shows for the network.  Seacrest declined to comment on the rumors that he may join NBC's Today show in some capacity, and also sidestepped a question regarding whether he'd entertain the thought of one day hosting the NBC singing competition The Voice.

Speaking of The Voice, Fox couldn't resist taking a few digs at the rival music show.

Idol judge Randy Jackson said, "The winner of The Voice, as I will remind you, was an artist that had a deal with Capitol Records for many years, a failed contract over there, so it was almost like, that show, it was almost like second-chance people. It wasn't like some new artist, you know what I mean?  It's a different thing out there to me."

In addition, Fox alternative entertainment chief Mike Darnell poked fun at the fact that The Voice will employ former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as a mentor this season.

He said, "I think it's a compliment to Idol that we're creating, this show has created superstars.  And that other shows want to use those superstars on their shows.  We're not hiring a lot of people on The Voice to be on our show."

The new season of Idol begins next week.  Reilly said he expects Idol to suffer a slight drop in the ratings this year because it's been around for over a decade.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season Nine Auditions Announced

Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The reality competition So You Think You Can Dance kicks off its ninth season with auditions beginning Jan. 5 at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

The show continues its search for America's best dancer on Jan. 13 at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.  Then, it stops at the Manhattan Center in New York on Jan. 23, the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Feb. 23, and the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2.

For more details on auditions for season nine, as well as eligibility requirements, go to www.fox.com/dance.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Parents Television Council Calls 'Glee' Episode 'Reprehensible'

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Glee, the popular musical comedy-drama about a fictional high school, found itself embroiled in controversy following Tuesday’s episode featuring two teenage couples -- one gay, one straight -- losing their virginity drew fire before it even hit the air.

In the episode titled “The First Time,” heterosexual couple Finn and Rachel and homosexual couple Kurt and Blaine consummated their relationships. Entertainment Weekly’s Pop Watch called the episode “incredibly moving,” saying the sex scenes were “handled very delicately.”

But the Parents Television Council didn’t think so, calling the show “reprehensible” and the Fox network reckless for “celebrating teen sex.”

Fox declined ABC News' request for comment.

“There are opportunities and occasions when programs have dealt responsibly with teen sex,” Melissa Henson, PTC’s communications director told ABC News. “I’m not convinced that Glee is that program.”

Henson said Glee creator Ryan Murphy made a story line for “shock purposes, not educational” ones.

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Friday
Oct072011

Report: 'The Simpsons' Will Continue, Cast Accepts Pay Cut

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Fox confirmed in a press release Friday night that it has renewed The Simpsons for what it called "an incredible 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes."

The network went on to say, "In the words of Homer Simpson, 'Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!'"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Simpsons fans can breathe a sigh of relief -- it appears the show isn't going anywhere.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the main cast members of the Fox show are close to signing a new deal which will allow it to continue, but at a reduced salary for its stars.

Fox had initially stated that The Simpsons would have to go off the air unless the cast -- including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith -- accepted 45 percent pay cuts.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast has agreed to a reduction in the $400,000 per episode that they currently earn, but it's not 45 percent.  Fox's demand would have reduced each cast member's per-episode take to $250,000 per episode.

Earlier on Friday, Harry Shearer released a statement saying that he would take a cut of as much as 70 percent in salary if he was given a piece of the show's huge "back end" profits, which include licensing, merchandising and syndication.  But this new deal reportedly does not include any such agreement.  Nancy Cartwright said in a statement on Friday that she wanted to see the show continue, stating, "The Simpsons is a remarkable chronicle of our times.  I've wanted to do this since I was 16!  And I want to keep doing it until I am 86!  Long live the Simpsons!"

The Simpsons is currently TV's longest-running entertainment show.

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Friday
Oct072011

Report: 'Simpsons' Producers Accept Pay Cuts

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- With the future of The Simpsons possibly hanging in the balance, its producers are doing what they can to keep the Fox animated series going beyond this season.

In the wake of a report that the show's principal voice cast has been asked to accept pay cuts, its producers have agreed to reduce their salaries, according to TheWrap.com.

Earlier this week, TheDailyBeast.com reported the lead Simpsons actors were asked to accept a pay cut of 45 percent, and that their counteroffer of a 30-percent pay cut in exchange for a slice of merchandise profits was rejected by Fox.  TheWrap.com says the cast members have been asked to make a decision regarding the proposed pay cut by Friday.  Currently, they reportedly earn about $8 million per year.

The Simpsons began its 23rd season last month to extend its record as the longest-running primetime scripted series in American TV history.  Producer 20th Century Fox Television has said it "cannot produce future seasons" under the show's "current financial model."

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Wednesday
Oct052011

'The Simpsons' to End This Season over Contract Disputes?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Simpsons could end its historic run on Fox by the end of the current TV season.

It's not that the network is disappointed by the quality of the show, or its ratings. But in this economic climate, apparently even Homer Simpson has to tighten his wide belt.  Producer 20th Century Fox Television contends that the animated series, which is currently in its 23rd season, has become too costly to produce.

The studio addressed the future of The Simpsons following a report on TheDailyBeast.com that says the principal voice cast is in the midst of a salary dispute. The actors reportedly balked at a proposed 45-percent pay cut, proposing instead a pay cut of approximately 30 percent in exchange for a slice of the profits from sales of Simpsons merchandise. Fox rejected the actors' offer.

Under the terms of their current deal, the actors reportedly earn about $8 million per year.  The principal cast includes Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer and other characters; Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge and others; Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart and others; Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa; Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and others; and Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu.

20th Century Fox Television said in a statement Tuesday: "23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world.  We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model.  We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come."

The cast has been involved in salary disputes before. Most recently, production on the 20th season was delayed in 2008 while the actors negotiated a new contract.

The Simpsons premiered in 1989 and is the longest-running primetime scripted series in American TV history.

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