Liguori Satisfied with Idol Creative, Not Ratings
Fox Entertainment Chairman: Network and Producers Will Re-Examine American Idol
By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/15/2008 10:14:00 AM
“I am satisfied creatively, but not satisfied with the performance,” he said Thursday.
Liguori believes part of the show’s ratings erosion, besides the fact that it is seven years old, is that it has struggled a bit with the post-strike malaise that has plagued much of network television.
However, as Fox executives have said consistently this season and virtually every year in the past, Liguori said the network and producers will take a hard look at the show’s content prior to next January.
Liguori added that they want to see what they can do to inject more energy into the show. They will also continue to examine scheduling aspects, such as the length of the Wednesday results show.
“Every season, we are able to reset the table, and I can assure you that between the network and the producers, we really want to talk a look at the show for next year,” he said.
I am an avid Idol fan - I watch virtually every episode, every season. One thing I could live without, that probably a lot of people could live without, though is the high school musical aspect of the Wednesday results show when the contestants are forced to sing together (often poorly) on some medley of that weeks'' artists'' songs. This particular section of the weeks'' shows flashes back to grade school singing performances when parents are "so proud" of their kids on stage. But, honestly, the effect at home is less than stellar and gives the show a less than professional appeal. Where every other segment is top-notch, this one part could be dropped in favor of more celebrity or past-Idol performances.
Gini Resnick - 5/16/2008 11:09:00 AM EDT
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