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Fox Boss Endorses Cheryl Cole as 'X Factor' Judge, Despite her Accent

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 13th 2011 6:55AM
Cheryl ColeAlthough the US version of 'The X Factor' won't hit US TV screens until the fall, Simon Cowell and Fox have been have been building as much pre-show buzz as possible. The lastest nugget of news is that UK judge, and all-around proud Newcastle girl, Cheryl Cole, may be moving stateside as part of the new show.

According to The Daily Mail, Fox entertainment chairman (and fellow Brit) Peter Rice told reporters that although the final choice would be up to head honcho Simon Cowell, Cole's "proved that she's a terrific judge. ... She has wonderful chemistry with Simon."

Sources in the UK had suggested that Cheryl's strong, regional "Geordie" accent would be an obstacle to success in the US, but Rice didn't mention it as an issue.

However, despite rumors that Cole's already been handed a deal worth around $5 million to appear on the show, and that her "close friend," 'DWTS' dancer Derek Hough, has bought a lavish LA apartment for them to share, Rice hinted that she's not a shoo-in for the job just yet: "I think Simon is still meeting and trying to find the right mixture."

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No 'American Idol' Deals In Place Yet, Say Fox Execs - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 3:13PM
Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly at the FOX executive session at the Summer 2010 TCAsThe highly-anticipated FOX executive session got underway with a bit of non-news, with the network's entertainment chairman, Peter Rice, saying that "No one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera to join 'American Idol' that wasn't there last year."

This means that there's no deal for Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler to be judges, no deal for Nigel Lythgoe to return as executive producer. Rice and FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly both deflected questions from the gathered critics about the 'Idol' judging panel, including the status of Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. Rice would not get into speculating about the judges because "it's not fair to those being speculated about."

All he would really say is that some of the speculation around who the new names are going to be is close to true, and a lot of it is wildly false. One thing Reilly did say in the reporter's scrum after the panel is that the goal is to announce all the changes at once. Whether they'll be able to do that or not is obviously going to be determined on when they get the deals done.

More on the FOX exec panel after the jump...

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Oh yeah, Fox execs talk about Conan and Our Little Genius, too - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 11th 2010 6:22PM
Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice of FOX at the Winter TCAs
Before and after the FOX execs so dramatically brought Simon Cowell on stage to sign the contract bringing his British show The X Factor to the US, effectively ending his time on American idol, there were other heady matters to discuss. Just small stuff, like the possibility of Conan O'Brien bailing on NBC and joining FOX, and the mini-scandal surrounding the game show Our Little Genius.

On Conan, there really wasn't much to say. "We're in sort of the wowee mode right now," said entertainment president Kevin Reilly. After reiterating what he's said in the past on always being in search of a good five-night-per-week late night program, he went on to say that "I love Conan personally & professionally. Until he makes his decision (on whether to leave NBC), there's no conversation to be had."

But since he knows Conan's people, it's not like he hasn't been talking, at least informally. He classified them as being more in the "commiserating phase;" knowing Reilly's history with NBC (Jeff Zucker fired him three years ago), I could understand the commiseration.

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More from Fox execs: Futurama, Glee, Dollhouse... but no more King of the Hill - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 6th 2009 2:41PM
Fox logoBelieve it or not, FOX execs Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice did field questions that didn't have the words "Idol" our "Paula" in them. But there weren't many. Here are the highlights:

  • When Reilly was asked about the "Save Dollhouse" campaigns out there, he joked, "you mean the campaign that started before we starting making episodes?" He cited the solid cumulative numbers the show put up (which included DVR numbers) as to why it was brought back, and the fact that "the fans were there every week. We were there with Joss, and he delivered." While Whedon "wasn't having a lot of fun" in the first half of the season because of the struggles he and the network had to focus on what the vision of the show would be, in the "second half of year he found his voice on the show and had a lot of fun," according to Reilly.
  • On Futurama and the option the show has to do a first run on the network level: The show will "do its run on Comedy Central first and we'll see what happens. If we see a renaissance of that show, sure. It's not out of the question." But right now, there are no talks to air it on Fox.

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Fox execs: Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham will be Idol guest judges - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 6th 2009 1:39PM
Simon CowellAs you might expect, most of the questions for Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly and chairman Peter Rice this morning were Idol -centric. Here are the salient points:

According to Rice, Paula Abdul was the only member of Idol whose contract was up. They were talking to her about it for months, and they very much wanted her to return. In past few weeks, "negotiations came to conclusion, as Rice put it. "We made a fair offer with a substantial raise. Paula decided not to return. It was not our choice. We wanted her to return to the show."

They are most likely looking to keep the number of judges at four, but Rice feels they have between now and January's live shows to find a judge. "We're looking to bring different element and energy to the season." There will be guest judges during the audition process, including Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry. Rice and Reilly wouldn't announce who else, but they said that these would be mostly female singers, artists, and performers.

More from the exec session coming up.

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