Beyoncé’s fourth album, 4, is to be released in June, and she has thus far begun promoting two singles, fast and slow. This was the same strategy she pursued in fall 2008, promoting her album I am… Sasha Fierce, a double album devoted to the concept that she really loved ballads but excelled at dance Read More
This season of “American Idol,” its tenth, began as it needed to, with an introduction to its new judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez (who join game-hardened veteran Randy Jackson). But did it have to be so lengthy? Minute after minute was devoted to a montage of TV-news gossip about potential new judges from last Read More
My profile in this week’s paper of Jeffrey Rabhan, the new chair of New York University’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, opened with his meeting with Ken Friedman: He asked the restaurateur and former Smiths manager to join his department’s board, which, over obscure tequila, Mr. Friedman agreed to.
But just before Read More
The sun may have finally, truly set on the British Empire. Deadline‘s Tim Adler reports a startling admission from a co-producer of one of Simon Cowell’s legendary British television talent extravaganzas. Let the Kingdom tremble:
Talkback Thames, which co-produces Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent with his Syco, has admitted to me that Read More
The Last Critic
A few years ago, I found myself on the giant playground known as the Google “campus” in Mountain View, Calif., speaking to a small group of Google employees about, among other things, originality. I tried to make what I thought was a pretty unoriginal point.
The culture, I suggested, rewarded successful copying Read More
The Television Critics Association summer press tour came to a close on Monday with the Fox executive session, which meant only one thing: Deflections about American Idol. Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly, prepare to be translated.
On the rumors of American Idol deals with producer Nigel Lythgoe, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler Read More
For the past few years, media buffs have been waiting for the elusive answer to a simple question: When is what’s on TV going to really start acting more like what’s on the Web? It’s a two-part question, really, and the answer isn’t nearly as clear as you might think.
The first part has to Read More
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It’s that time of the year again, (post football, pre NCAA basketball tournament, pre baseball) when the only competition New York TV watchers can agree on is…American Idol.
During the week of March 8, Fox and CBS dominated the local ratings. At the same time, NBC failed to crack the top ten. And ABC barely Read More
So, we have our winner on American Idol: Kris Allen. At a certain point, midway through the incredibly-long-seeming two-plus-hour finale last night, I began to get a feeling this was the way it was going to go down, and then it went. Sigh. Ever since that terrible Gokey mess got voted off, I told myself Read More