Fox is clearly not happy that they lost the American Idol bidding war.
As we previously reported, the singing competition is getting a reboot in early 2018, but rather than return to the network which aired the show for 15 seasons, Idol is coming back on ABC. To make matters worse, Fox executives are VVV salty about the situation.
Ahead of the network’s upfronts, Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman opened up about Idol‘s grand return. On losing Idol to ABC, Miz Walden noted:
“It’s obviously a tough one for us. It feels bad knowing it’s coming back on another network.”
Whomp, whomp. And it appears as though the broadcasting company is especially frustrated with Fremantle Media, the production company behind Idol. Apparently, Fox had been in touch with Fremantle since the show wrapped in 2016 and had expressed their disdain for a possible reboot as they spent an exorbitant amount of money on promoting the “farewell season.”
“We spent $25 million sending the message that it was the farewell season and fans responded.”
Walden defended that the network thought it was deceitful and “extremely fraudulent” to promote the end of Idol and to then turn around and bring it right back. Very fair.
Sadly, Fremantle did not agree with the network’s stance. According to the chairwoman, if Fox ever brought the show back they would’ve waited until 2020 out of respect for the fans. Although Fremantle claims otherwise, Dana says Fox didn’t “see the fan excitement and enthusiasm for the show to come back [sooner].”
Not to mention, the price tag associated with Idol had become a point of contention between the network and the production company. On past attempted budget cuts, the businesswoman added:
“The network was losing an enormous amount of money and we asked them to make trims…Fremantle doesn’t want to change that show and perhaps they shouldn’t.”
Regardless, Fox bid on the show in the hopes of keeping the series out of the hands of competitors. Initially, Dana thought NBC would be the only real competitor in the bidding war since they have both Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez in their network. However, when NBC backed out, Fremantle pretty much ignored Fox’s bid and chose an alliance with ABC. Dramaaaaaa!
Unfortunately, Idol won’t be the only show to not make it back to Fox for the 2017-2018 season as the chairmen confirmed that Ryan Murphy‘s Scream Queens is officially over. Such a sad day for TV news.
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