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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: '24': Is the end near?

Monday, 11 January 2010 01:01 PM Written by

24: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. Set in New York, Season Eight of 24 starts ticking with a special 2-night, 4-hour television event Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Brian Bowen Smith/FOX PASADENA, Calif. -- Could this be the final "24" press tour press conference? A Fox executive said they'll wait until after the show launches next week before huddling with producers to decide if this eighth season will be Jack Bauer's final very bad day.

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Busy on deadline so can only post the press release now:

FOX announced today that THE X FACTOR will launch in the U.S. in the fall of 2011. Simon Cowell, who created and launched THE X FACTOR in the U.K. in 2004, will serve as both executive producer and judge on the U.S. version, which will be produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America.

THE X FACTOR is currently shown in 17 countries worldwide with a global audience of more than 500 million, and is the No. 1 TV entertainment format in Europe. Cowell will continue to serve as both executive producer and judge on the U.K. version. THE X FACTOR format is owned by Syco, a global music, television and film production joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.

"I'm thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the U.S. version of THE X FACTOR, and delighted to be continuing to work with FOX," said Cowell. "We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this."

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said, "We have had a very successful relationship with Simon Cowell for many years, and we're absolutely delighted to continue our relationship with him. THE X FACTOR has been a massive success around the world, and we can't wait to bring it to the U.S. in 2011."

"THE X FACTOR has enjoyed an unparalleled success in its U.K. home market and globally," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America. "We are truly excited to bring it to the U.S. and look forward to building another entertainment franchise in the marketplace."

About Syco/Simon Cowell 

Syco, with offices in London and Los Angeles, is a global music, television and film production joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment.

Syco Television produces the BAFTA Award-winning "The X Factor," which has topped the charts in Europe and in the U.K., where Cowell continues to serve as both executive producer and judge. Syco Television is also the owner of the "Got Talent" television format. Versions of both "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" are co-produced by Syco and shown in more than 40 countries.

"The X Factor" 2009 in the U.K. reached audiences of 20 million (60% audience share), and in Denmark, the audience share reached a record high of 80%.
Cowell also executive produces "America's Got Talent" and judges and produces "Britain's Got Talent," which in 2009 launched the global singing career of Susan Boyle. Her debut Syco album sold over 8 million units in six weeks, making it the world's biggest-selling album of 2009 and the fastest-selling album in history.

Syco is also the record label home for such diverse international recording stars as Leona Lewis, Il Divo and Paul Potts. Cowell has worked with artists selling more than 180 million albums and delivering more than 150 No. 1 records.


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CBS launches David Caruso impersonation contest

Monday, 11 January 2010 10:03 AM Written by

This is pretty amusing:

San Francisco - January 11, 2010: CBS.com announced today the launch of a contest searching for the best impersonation of CSI: MIAMI's lead detective Lieutenant Horatio Caine, portrayed by actor David Caruso. Starting today through February 22nd, fans of CSI: MIAMI can log on to the contest site to upload a 30-second or less video clip of themselves delivering the most memorable Horatio Caine one-liners from the show. The top 10 videos, selected by a combination of votes from the public and CBS.com judges, will be announced on March 1st, followed by the top 5 videos on March 8th, the top 3 videos on March 15th and the winner on March 22nd.

"Ever since we created Horatio, the fans have been passionate about the character, sunglasses and all," says David Caruso. "For years, everyone from Jim Carrey to Laurence Fishburne has tried to do their best imitation of him but I think the fans are the ones who get it right.  Now is the chance for them to showcase their best."          

"Even in his eighth season, the character of Horatio Caine continues to be a major fan favorite on CBS.com," says Joe Ferreira, SVP, Network and Studio Liaison at CBS Interactive. "We wanted to give Caine's passionate community of fans the opportunity to show us how well they really know his character and showcase their abilities to re-enact his famous mannerisms."

For more information about the contest, visit:  www.cbs.com/primetime/csi_miami/upload

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Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks star in PASADENA, Calif. -- Matt Nix, creator of USA's popular "Burn Notice," is now in business with Fox for the summer action-comedy series "Code 58" (previews 8 p.m. May 12, regular time slot 8 p.m. Wednesday starting May 19).

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: Taking aim at 'Human Target'

Monday, 11 January 2010 08:03 AM Written by

Chi McBride, Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley star in PASADENA, Calif. -- Fox kicked off its press tour day with a panel on "Human Target," its new adventure show about a guy (Mark Valley) who acts as a human shield bodyguard. The show premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday.

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: 'Survivor' celebrates 20 seasons

Sunday, 10 January 2010 06:59 PM Written by

Ian Rosenberger with HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- At Saturday night's "Survivor" party I was able to track down two contestants from the show's 10-year history from Pittsburgh. No, not Amber Brkich, who had a baby last summer, nor Jenna Morasca. Amber was not on the guest list and I never spotted Jenna among the throngs. But I did chat with Ian Rosenberger of 2005's "Survivor: Palau" and Chet Welch of 2008's "Survivor: Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites."

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PG Poll: Should Conan stay or go?

Sunday, 10 January 2010 03:53 PM Written by

Conan O'Brien has a decision to ponder. (NBC)Now that NBC has given up on "The Jay Leno Show" in prime time and is moving it to 11:35 p.m., the ball is in Conan O'Brien's court: Should he stay and follow Leno at 12:05 a.m. or should he walk across the street to Fox for a talk show at 11 p.m.?

Vote in a Post-Gazette online poll.

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: Fixing 'Parks and Rec'

Sunday, 10 January 2010 03:13 PM Written by

Amy Poehler stars in PASADENA, Calif. -- NBC's "Parks and Recreation" (8:30 p.m. Thursday) was slow getting out of the gate in the spring, failing to connect with viewers, despite the presence of "Saturday Night Live" star Amy Poehler, and largely failing to draw laughs.

But in its second season, the show has become one of the best comedies on TV as characters have come into focus and Poehler's Leslie Knope is less pathetic.

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