Monday, April 15, 2024

Fox TV: “American Idol” Will End Run Next Spring– Ryan Seacrest Was Biggest Winner


“American Idol” is over. Fox announced this morning that next spring will mark its final season. It’s no surprise. Ratings have been in decline for a long, long time. This fall will be the last round of auditions, which could either be a melancholy event or a frenzy for potential contestants to get onto the show.

So much has happened since “Idol” tilted toward its end. “The Voice” usurped it with lots of bells and whistles. Last week, Clive Davis–who made many “Idol” winners stars including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, as well as Fantasia and most notably Jennifer Hudson–appeared on “The Voice” to introduce his next star, Avery Wilson.

Idol’s biggest winner? Without a doubt, Ryan Seacrest. He’s become a TV mini mogul, and incredibly rich as producer of many other things including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on E. He’s also totally embedded with Clear Channel aka I Heart Radio. His next conquest may be NBC if the network picks up Jennifer Lopez’s proposed new TV series.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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