March 25, 2013 |
Though it's still - on some nights - the most-watched show on television, "American Idol" is by all accounts a smaller proposition than it once was, with fewer viewers, less cultural clout and a seemingly diminished ability to produce megastars on the order of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. The retrenchment appears to be affecting veterans of the program too: At the South by Southwest music festival this month, Season 8 winner Kris Allen and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze could both be seen sharing cozy club stages with the kind of up-and-coming acts SXSW was designed to spotlight.
June 1, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended May 24: American Idol (Wed.): Fox, 13.2 million viewers American Idol (Tues.): Fox, 11.3 million Two and a Half Men: CBS, 7.0 million Dancing With the Stars - Results: ABC, 6.8 million Rules of Engagement: CBS, 5.8 million Prime-time viewership For season through May 24: CBS: 11.7 million viewers Fox: 9.7 million ABC: 8.9 million NBC: 7.8 million Univision: 3.9 million Source: Nielsen Media Research -- MUSIC Albums Top sellers: Relapse: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
July 7, 2009 |
For non-devotees, "American Idol's" summer tour, which launched Sunday at this city's Rose Garden Arena, may seem an afterthought. But to fans of television's most popular program, this year's 52-city tour showcasing its 10 finalists is like seeing the ducklings burst forth and become swans at last. The young talents, who will make a stop July 16 at Staples Center, can finally fly free of the pressure of competition, scowling judges and an often unforgiving media corps.
June 25, 2009 |
In two weeks, the Top 10 contestants of Season 8 of "American Idol" will climb aboard buses for the final rite of an Idol's passage: the 50-city concert tour set to kick off in Portland, Ore., on July 5. For the Idols, the tour represents not only a chance to play rock star in packed arenas, but also the biggest paydays of their careers, with checks of reportedly $100,000-plus coming their way for the four months of labor. But before the road, there are songs to arrange, dance moves to choreograph, wardrobes to fit, and a few last moments of peace.
May 29, 2011
SUNDAY TCM's weekend-long Memorial Day war-movie marathon includes Gary Cooper as pacifist-turned-World War I hero "Sergeant York" in the 1941 bio-pic, and John Wayne in the 1945 WWII actioner "They Were Expendable. " (TCM, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Sept. 11th first-responders as well as armed forces members will be saluted at the "National Memorial Day Concert 2011" in Washington D.C., with performers including "American Idol's" Pia Toscano and Kris Allen. (KOCE, 8 and 9:30 p.m.)
May 20, 2009 |
It could not have had a less auspicious beginning. Season 8 of "American Idol" came out of the gates in a hailstorm of controversy, missteps, shake-ups and wildly uneven episodes. After a seventh season in which the reigning juggernaut of entertainment showed its first signs of mortality as the ratings eroded, the buzz among showbiz cognoscenti was that the long-awaited decline of "Idol" had begun. And in its early days, Season 8 seemed on the way to fulfilling that prophecy. The preseason was dominated by news of format changes, including the addition of uncertain new elements (such as Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge)