Fox pulls the plug on American Idol, announces Season 15 will be it #RIPIdol
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox says “American Idol” will air its 15th and final season next year. The once-blockbuster singing contest, which launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has seen its audience dwindle and age. “Idol” will return in January for its 15th and final season with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., Fox said Monday. Ten new series will debut next season on Fox, including the comedy-horror series “Scream Queens” from “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy. New dramas will include “Minority Report,” based on Steven Spielberg’s futuristic film, and “The Frankenstein Code,” about a resurrected former lawman. Fox and the other broadcast networks are unveiling their plans to advertisers in New York this week to lure them to spend on their programs.
Not exactly the best way to start a week.
The news of American Idol’s end shouldn’t come as a surprise; the show isn’t the ratings monster it was years ago and while it still managed decent enough numbers, the cost associated with the show probably didn’t equate to the ratings and ad dollars needed to keep it on the machine.
So Fox pulled the plug.
The network should be applauded for announcing it one year ahead of time. This gives fans (and certain dude bloggers) and chance to enjoy the final show and really remember it for what it was – the best talent show we’ve ever had. The Voice? Produce a star maybe once and you get some credit. The X-Factor? Quick – name someone who’s won the show. America’s Got Talent? It does, but those people try to win Idol.
The show will always hold a place in my heart because I started watching as an excuse to hang out with my girlfriend. That girlfriend became my wife and now she laughs at me as I try to run a half-assed website about a show I made fun of her for watching years ago.
I’m going to have to get out to the tour this summer – attention Nick Fradiani/Jax/Clark Beckham/Rayvon Owen (all followers of Dudes), I’ll need to get put on the backstage pass list for the Providence show. Thanks in advance – and with the announcement of the end, will have to finish up the DRI Top 30 list ASAP.
So be upset fans. It’s OK. We’re losing a good friend.
But we’ll always have the memories.
So let’s send the show out with a bang.
Or at least 9-10 drinks.
Dudes Review Idol out.
PS Blogged this in my underwear. BOOM.
PPS Those new shows sound HORRIBLE.
PPPS ROUGH time picking between “End of the Road” and “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye.” Boyz II Men brought the heat with sappy songs. For real y’all.