Television Critic’s Association

"I Just Can’t Do That," Simon Cowell Rules Out American Idol Comeback

Reality TV talent show boss Simon Cowell has ruled out ever returning to American Idol, revealing at the press conference for the new season of the X Factor USA that he wouldn’t be able to go back to the show.

The media mogul, whose private life has been the centre of attention ever since it was reported that he is going to be a dad, is quoted by E! News as saying:

“I can’t imagine either scenario! I can’t. I just can’t do that. No. Somebody well-known once said to me, ‘Know when to leave the fair.’

“And this [X Factor] is a new generation type of show. It’s got to build. And most importantly, if you make great TV shows, people will watch them. I feel reallycomfortable with the girls and I think this is going to be the best show.”

The media mogul managed to dodge questions about the allegations that he is to become a dad, and also spoke to press about some of the changes that have been made to the season this year which includes Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio on the panel who replaced Britney Spears and L.A. Reid.

Revealing that the prize money  for the X Factor USA has decreased from $5 million to $1 million, Simon was keen to insist that the winner of the show this year will still land a recording contract with Sony and will still be “a number one priority”.

Speaking at the Television Critic’s Association event, TV Line reported the media mogul who managed to dodge questions about the rumours of fatherhood, saying:

“[The winner will receive] $1million, still get a recording contract with Sony and become a number one priority.”

Speaking about what the production of the show will look like this season, Rob Wade, executive producer commented to ETOnline:

“We love production and don’t want to lost production on the show, but it’s something you’ll see gradually build up over the weeks.

“This way the contestants’ journey to being – and looking like – a superstar will happen slowly over the weeks now.”

The new season of the show which sees Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio appear as judges on the show alongside returning judge Demi Lovato and Simon, will no longer feature boot camp or the judges house round. Instead, the judges will discuss the acts until the correct amount is in each category, according to TV Line.

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Cher Signs Development Deal With Logo Network

Cher is making a return to TV after inking a development deal with cable channel Logo.

Executives at the channel, which is aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) audience, announced the deal during the network’s Television Critics Association presentation on Saturday, revealing the singer is working on a top-secret project.

Logo Senior Vice President Brent Zacky remained tight-lipped over whether Cher will star in the new show, but indicated she is collaborating with comedy writer Ron Zimmerman on a pilot script set in early 1960’s Hollywood.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We read some of the stuff that Cher and Ron (Zimmerman) had written and it was really terrific. We came up with an idea set in Hollywood in the early ’60s and we’re very excited to see how we get through the process. The deal is brand-new and we’re just getting started on the project.”

The singer/actress was a television fixture in the 1970’s, most notably as half of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with then-husband Sonny Bono.


Steven Tyler Gives Update On New Aerosmith Album

Steven Tyler gave an update on the progress of the latest Aerosmith album.

Tyler was asked about the progress of the album at an American Idol press conference for the Television Critics Association, and explained: “All of it’s been written, but I gotta lay lyrics on it and I haven’t had a lot of time. But what I’ve listened to so far just knocked me out.”

Tyler gave his thoughts on the sound of the album so far: “I know a good song, I know what’s gonna get played on the radio, I’m not that pretentious to say I think we’ve got hits, but I think we’ve got something, and that’s all that matters.”

The band has been working on the album with producer Jack Douglas(who worked with them on the records Toys in the Attic and Rocks) since last year. It will mark their first record of new material since 2001.