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Ken Warwick Signs Eight-Figure Deal With 'American Idol' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 24th 2009 1:45PM
Ken WarwickKen Warwick has reportedly signed a new three-year, eight-figure deal with 'American Idol' that will reportedly make him one of the richest producers in television.

Also in the news today: 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' faces cutbacks, while Padma Lakshmi speaks out about her upcoming NBC sitcom.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.Ken WarwickKen Warwick has signed a three-year, eight-figure deal extending his run as executive producer of 'American Idol.' The new deal will reportedly make him one of the highest paid producers in television. First Simon gets a huge raise, now Warwick -- what about Paula?. [Variety]





Mr. Rogers' NeighborhoodBeginning this fall, PBS will only allow member stations to air 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' once a week. The decision was reportedly made due to the network's tight budget constraints. So much for a beautiful day in the neighborhood. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]


Danny HustonActor Danny Huston has been cast in HBO's upcoming biopic 'You Don't Know Jack,' playing Dr. Kevorkian's (Al Pacino) attorney Geoffrey Fieger. Huston also joins the previously cast Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. [Hollywood Reporter]


Padma LakshmiPadma Lakshmi says she will not star in her upcoming NBC sitcom. The Emmy nominee claims the show will feature an ensemble cast, and that her role will only be recurring due to her commitments to 'Top Chef' and her jewelry line. There's your daily food for thought. [TV Guide]


Barack ObamaPresident Obama's Wednesday-night news conference was seen by 24.7 million viewers. The conference, which was seen across 11 networks, was down 14 percent from Obama's previous television appearance. [Live Feed]


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A. Smith and CO., the team behind 'Hell's Kitchen,' is set to develop the new series 'Shark Boat.' The Hawaii-based series will document America's only company that lets people dive with sharks for free. No word yet on whether viewers will bite. [Variety]


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