TVLine Items: Has X Factor X'd Out Khloe? Plus: First Hannibal Trailer, Up All Night's Latest Woes

RVM_1708Fox’s The X Factor apparently has already held its first elimination round of Season 3, kutting Khloe Kardashian as a kohost.

“They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe,” a source tells the New York Post.

The Post also is resurfacing the oldie-but-goodie that British singer Cheryl Cole, who was unceremoniously excised from Season 1’s judging panel, is being asked back, to join Simon Cowell and two other panelists.

Fox is not commenting on the Post‘s reports, which come a month after it was officially announced that Britney Spears will not return as a judge.

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Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

* Up All Night may be 100-percent down for the count. Our sister site Deadline reports that the problem-magnet sophomore — which during its prolonged hiatus was being rejiggered as a multi-cam sitcom, only to see series creator Emily Spivey and lead Christina Applegate abruptly exit stage left — now isn’t even moving forward with the one “test” episode (downgraded from five) they wanted to shoot in front of a studio audience. Will Arnett is said to be fielding multiple pilot offers and is leaning toward a Greg Garcia project, while Maya Rudolph is being courted to join NBC’s Sean Hayes comedy Happiness.

* As announced during this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live telecast, comedian Kevin Hart (currently of BET’s Real Househusbands of Hollywood) will host the NBC show on March 2, with musical guest Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

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* NBC released to this first trailer for Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal, premiering Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c. Will you be joining the good doctor for a bite?

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  1. Babybop says:

    Does that mean that they cancelled Up All Night? It really needs to be put out of its misery.

  2. Dizzle says:

    Up All Night should serve as a cautionary tale for network execs who think they know best… The acclaim the pilot generated focused on the family, not the workplace – as good as Maya Rudolph is, she was never meant to be a focal point. But the network saw dollar signs after Bridesmaids and re-tooled the show to bring her into more stories, and Up All Night lost it’s charm and realism. I hope all the actors go on to better things (especially Luka Jones, he was the unsung hero of Best Friends Forever) because sadly Up All Night wasn’t.

  3. PutAForkInThem says:

    Re: X and Up:
    neither of these shows deserve a return
    no amount of re-tooling will help

    • dude says:

      Agreed. If you have to completely change the show every season in hopes of getting ratings, it’s not a great show to begin with. The problem with The X-Factor isn’t the judges, it’s the talent.

  4. If Simon brings Chezza back I will watch, haven’t watch the show since she left

  5. raftrap says:

    I don’t care about the rest, just bring Cheryl Cole back.

    • Buffy0531 says:

      Agreed. The few audition shows she was in there the best, her comments were thoughtful and honest. And if there are people who cannot understand the accent…tough. I had zero difficulty understanding her.

  6. forwarddad says:

    Why did Christina Applegate leave?

  7. Tran says:

    NBC better cancel Up All Night sooner rather than later. :-(

  8. dsrbroadway says:

    I wish I could ask Khloe, “What’s going through your mind right now?”

    That said, I think her personality was stifled. I remember her first episodes, when she forced Demi to admit who in that group was the star. I was like, “That’s great, let’s keep everyone on their toes!” Cut to the next week, when she’s stuck reading cue cards and asking the same question in so many different ways.

  9. Really liked Brittney Spears as a judge and Khloe Khardashian as a co-host. I just really don’t know what Simon Cowelll and X-Factor are thinking! Last season was amazing! I tried watching the first season and IT sucked! last season was so good :) Simon apparently has lost his way in the music/tv/reality world. He doesn’t know what the fans like anymore.

  10. kavyn says:

    I’m not even one of those Kardashian people, but I thought Khloe was a lot more fun than Mario. At least she questioned the judges when they said something ambiguous.

    If they get rid of Khloe I’d like to see them get rid of Mario too.

  11. cjeffery7 says:

    poor Up All Night. it had a great first season but never got the ratings. shoulda been cancelled then instead of tarnishing it’s legacy with all these hogwash attempts to freshen it up.

  12. Princess Adora says:

    Axe Mario Lopez too, Paula Abdul should host!!

  13. TV Fan says:

    Any word on Demi Lovato’s future on X-Factor?

  14. Alex says:

    Mario Lopez sucked. Frankly, he and Khloe should both go (though he has much more hosting experience than her, so he actually did worse, IMO). They made Steve Jones look like a superstar. Why not just bring Jones back? He wasn’t bad, certainly better than both replacements, and probably would have improved with a bit more time.

  15. Jon says:

    Bring back Steve Jones!

  16. Ashlyn says:

    I’m willing to give Mario another chance. He actually has great hosting skills and abilities. I think the co-hosting threw him off his game.

  17. Loni says:

    Poor Up All Night. It had such potential but then they kept doing crazy stuff to it so it lost that lovely charm. I hope the cast can find some other great projects.

  18. GS says:

    Simon needs to give it up and just accept that lightning doesn’t usually strike twice. Idol was (was being the operative word) a smash success but the X Factor is just not good. The host(s), judges, etc. have just sucked and it never captured the magic of the earlier Idol seasons and the constant retooling isn’t going to help endear it to the audience. I don’t watch Idol anymore either. That judging panel sucks and the ridiculous producer fixing has been evident for a long time. Simon should have stayed on Idol or just go focus on the British X Factor. As for booting the Kardashian, he should NEVER have put her on it in the first place. Most normal people have no use for anyone in that family.

  19. Jay says:

    FOX should just cancel X factor. They only need one singing competition show anyway. I’m sure they can find something to put on Wednesday in the fall. They’re one of the biggest studios in Hollywood after all! Maybe Idol will get a little boost without it hanging over them; back up to first place over NBC Football. If we’re really lucky they’ll also lose that polished turd Glee too!