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Fox Up Front – Highlights & Announcements – Glee, American Idol & The X-Factor

This morning, May 14, 2012, Peter Rice, Entertainment ChairmanFox Nets, and Kevin Reilly, Entertainment President Fox Broadcast, participated in a conference call. As part of Fox Up Front, they answered questions regarding next season’s hit shows, cancellations and new shows. Glee has added several stars to the cast for season four — including Sara Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson (for a 6-episode arc). Also, the show will follow the graduates to New York City; it will be a show within a show.

This afternoon, the event will continue. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are, reportedly, in New York City to make a public announcement about their involvement with The X-Factor. So far, I’ve compiled the highlights and announcements regarding GleeAmerican Idol and X-Factor. I’ve also included some tweets.

Stay tuned to the blog this afternoon for updates to this post.

Summary of Conference Call

  • Both Idol and X-Factor will see tweaks to their format
  • Idol will see a creative reinvigoration next season
  • Execs hope to announce the judging panel this afternoon, Lovato and Spears are both in NYC
  • Kevin Reilly: “Our challenge for next year is to put some fresh energy in” American Idol after “we probably didn’t do enough this year.”
  • Glee will follow the graduates to NYC; it will be a “show within a show”
  • Kate Hudson has signed on for a 6-episode arc for Glee
  • Sarah Jessica Parker has signed on for Glee
  • Glee  moves to Thursdays following The X-Factor

Photo Credit: FOX

Here are the tweets that give more insight:

 

New Shows (Synopses from THR):

Ben and Kate: “Ben and Kate, previously Ben Fox Is My Manny, starsDakota Johnson as a single mother who gets an assist from her brother (The Descendants scribe Nat Faxon), who moves in with her to help raise her baby.”

Photo Credit: FOX

 

The Goodwin Games: “From How I Met Your Mother‘s Carter BaysCraig Thomas and Chris HarrisThe Goodwin Games starsBecki NewtonScott Foley and Jake Lacy as siblings who inherit their late father’s fortune — if they agree to his terms.”

Photo Credit: FOX

 

The Following: “The Following, from Kevin Williamson, revolves around an ex-FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who leads the search to catch a diabolical serial killer (James Purefoy) who has created a cult of serial killers.”

Photo Credit: FOX

 

The Mindy Project: “Mindy Kaling stars as a young Bridget Jones-type doctor as she tries to navigate her personal and professional life in The Mindy Project, previously calledIt’s Messy. Kaling will depart The Office to focus on writing, executive producing and starring in the comedy, a passion project for the actress.”

Photo Credit: FOX

 

The Mob Doctor: “The Mob Doctor stars Jordana Spiro as a young female thoracic surgeon who becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a “mob doctor” while also working full-time at Chicago’s most prominent hospital.”

Photo Credit: FOX

 

Fox’s full schedule:.

MONDAY

8-9 PM BONES
9-10 PMTHE MOB DOCTOR (new)
THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.

TUESDAY
8-8:30 PM RAISING HOPE
8:30-9 PM BEN AND KATE (new)
9-9:30 PM  NEW GIRL
9:30-10 PM THE MINDY PROJECT (new)

THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason.

WEDNESDAY
8-10 PM THE X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)

THURSDAY
8-9 PM THE X FACTOR Results (fall)/AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
9-10 PM GLEE

FRIDAY
8-9 PM TOUCH
9-10 PM FRINGE (fall)

HELL’S KITCHEN returns in midseason.

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM  FOX SPORTS SATURDAY (fall)
COPS returns in midseason.
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (new) will join late-prime in 2013.

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM NFL Game (fall)/ ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)
7:30-8 PM THE OT (fall)/ THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9 PM BOB’S BURGERS
9-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10 PM AMERICAN DAD

Afternoon Event Summary

At this afternoon’s event and big reveal of The X-Factor judges panel, several Glee stars attended — including Naya Rivera, Lea MicheleJane LynchDarren CrissChris ColferJenna Ushowitz and Cory Monteith.. Attendees also got a glimpse at the graduation scene!

 

Presentation ended with a performance from Mary J. Blige singing “One Love.”

 

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