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Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September.
He can make or break careers and once boasted that he sells more records than Bruce Springsteen. That confidence helped make Simon Cowell a success as a former judge on "American Idol." Cowell's blunt opinions of a performance stood in contrast to Paula Abdul's mostly positive spin and Randy Jackson's typical middle ground. The bickering with Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest was also a highlight of the Fox series. Cowell has been a judge on British shows "Pop Idol" and "The X Factor," and he produces other contest shows such as "American Inventor" and "America's Got Talent." He will help launch the U.S. version of "The X Factor" in September. « Show less

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  • Sony Lands Edward Snowden Story For Bond Producers

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the book "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" with the James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions producing the pic....
  • Will summer's singing-competition shows be the same old song?

    Will summer's singing-competition shows be the same old song?
    You might think, at this point, that there is simply no way a TV network could possibly put on another singing show. And yet you would be wrong. Fox has the once-powerful "American Idol" and NBC the still-formidable "The Voice." But ABC has been...
  • Upfronts 2014: 'American Idol' gets little love at Fox presentation

    At Fox's upfront presentation Monday in New York, entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly boasted about the network's breakout freshman drama "Sleepy Hollow" and boasted of its lineup of "youth appeal comedies" like "New Girl," "Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn...
  • Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season

    Kevin Reilly exits Fox Broadcasting after tough season
    The top entertainment executive at Fox Broadcasting has resigned in the wake of a bruising television season. The departure of Kevin Reilly as chairman of entertainment for Fox comes less than three weeks after he presented a new fall schedule to...
  • Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'

    Why 'American Idol' still trumps 'The Voice'
    In going blond this week, Adam Levine illustrated the central problem with "The Voice." The NBC singing contest is, and has always been, more about the big-name coaches than the unknown singers struggling to win. Levine's new hair shade made more of...
  • Students can sing with "Norway's Got Talent" finalists at workshop

     
    A group of young singers who are finalists in Norway's version of "America's Got Talent" will be visiting the Bethlehem to work with local singers at workshops and perform in a concert. Viva Youth Chorus from Norway, who made it......
  • Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

    Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work -- both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of "So You Think You Can Dance"...
  • Upfronts 2014: Simon Cowell, Univision team on new singing competition

    Upfronts 2014: Simon Cowell, Univision team on new singing competition
    In perhaps one of the most unexpected partnerships to come out of the Upfronts, it was announced that Simon Cowell is teaming with Univision to find the next-generation Latino boy band. En serio. Univision capped its presentation to media buyers on...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Ender's Game' on Cinemax
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 1 - 7, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES No Limits In the first of two new episode...
  • Spice Girl Mel B Joins 'X Factor' in U.K. as Judge

    LONDON -- Former Spice Girls band member Melanie B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, has joined the judging panel of "The X Factor" in the U.K., which airs on ITV. Mel B, who appeared as a guest judge on the show in 2012, joins fellow judges music manager Louis...
  • Zai Bennett to Leave BBC Three to Join BSkyB's Sky Atlantic

    LONDON -- Zai Bennett, controller of the BBC's youth channel, BBC Three, is to leave to become director of BSkyB's Sky Atlantic. BBC Three has won four BAFTAs in two years: best factual for "Our War," seasons one and two, best drama for "The Fades,"...
  • U.K. Broadcaster ITV to Buy Majority Stake in 'Pawn Stars' Producer Leftfield

    LONDON -- U.K. broadcaster ITV is to acquire a controlling stake in U.S production company Leftfield Entertainment Group, which produces "Pawn Stars." The deal will make ITV's U.S. production arm, ITV Studios U.S. Group, the largest independent...