‘American Idol’ may team up with Fox hit ‘Empire’ this season

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Idol’ Team Explains Abbreviated Live Shows, Why Last Season Fell Short.

“American Idol” producers are banking on fewer hours and stronger contestants to boost the franchise’s 14th edition after suffering a precipitous ratings drop last year. “We’re pleased to be down to one show a week,” Trish Kinane, executive producer and an exec at FremantleMedia North America, said Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. “We have all the drama of an elimination and all the performances.“Empire’s” early renewal was like the winning moment on “American Idol” for “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken. “It was a nice way to start the day,” she said.PASADENA — Significantly less will be a lot more on Fox’s aging “American Idol” this season, executive producer Trish Kahane assured Tv writers here. There’s a lot to do in that one show.” The show had aired twice a week — often with two-hour episodes — since it exploded as a hit for Fox a decade ago.

After last season’s ratings tumble, producers made a number of changes, including enlisting music mogul Scott Borchetta as a mentor to work with the 24 finalists from the beginning. After all, both shows are now flagship properties for Fox, dominating Wednesday nights. “It’s a great idea and I’m not going to tell you that we haven’t talked about ‘Idol’ in the writers’ room. [We’ve] talked about a cameo from ‘Idol’ on ‘Empire’ or possibly one of our artists going on ‘Idol.’” “Idol’s” exec producer Trish Kinane also weighed in on a potential crossover at her show’s panel, saying, “We’d love to do something, if it’s organic.” As for future plans for “Empire,” Chaiken said, “We just want to get better and keep telling really good, deep entertaining, authentic stories. He’s been replaced by Scott Borchetta, the musical guru to Taylor Swift, who told writers he also wants to connect to the contestants early in the procedure to see exactly what they have and what they have to have. Every season has to be different, has to be better, has to be consistent and continue to tell the stories of these characters who I think are already beloved, but also has to be completely new and unexpected.” The show has taken a new step by sort-of revealing its initially 24 contestants. “We’re revealing them devoid of revealing them,” stated Kahane, at the network’s panel through the Tv Critics Association press tour. “We show silhouettes with voices, which has basically started a kind of game exactly where persons are attempting to guess who they are.” The venerable “Idol” has slipped precipitously in ratings the final 3 years, and for the first time in memory it was not a central part of Fox’s promotion right here for its midseason schedule.

But Borchetta drew most of the questions as reporters pressed him on how his Big Machine label group exploded with Taylor Swift and other stars in under 10 years’ time. She mentioned the exact setup of those shows is nonetheless becoming determined. “We do know we won’t have an elimination at the get started of the show,” she stated. “Some of last year’s contestants could have performed additional to connect with the audience,” stated Seacrest, “and we could have completed extra to support them.” Each and every of the 24 chosen contestants will get started the season with a 5-minute sitdown interview with one of the judges, Kahane stated, so the judges can get a greater thought of their strengths.

They will also do a live overall performance at the Property of Blues, and judge Harry Connick Jr. mentioned that was worthwhile to him in assessing them. Urban noted that Borchetta’s involvement is vital because the landscape for “Idol” winners and the music biz in general has changed so much since the show bowed in the U.S. in 2002. Connick observed that during the audition process he noticed the influence of technology and the global connectedness that music buffs can achieve through social media and other online platforms.

And more than most years, producers, executives and talent have been candid about why they think the show took such a tumble over the course of the 2014 season. “Why didn’t it connect? He sees a downside to the focus of youth on creating music with the aid of technology when he was watching the open-call auditions held in New Orleans. “People were coming in from New Orleans and surrounding areas, but there was nothing indigenous about the music,” Connick said, noting that nowadays people can be influenced “by anyone, anything at anytime.” “We went to Bourbon Street in my world.

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