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Nigel Lythgoe Confirms American Idol Ouster: 'They Feel the Show Needs New Leadership'

American Idol Fires Nigel Lythgoe

Confirming a recent report and surprising nobody, Nigel Lythgoe on Saturday confirmed that his reign as an American Idol executive producer has come to an end.

Lythgoe shared and qualified his ouster …READ MORE


Report: Nigel Lythgoe & Ken Warwick Out at American Idol — 3 Priorities for New EPs!

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Don’t expect Bacharach, Motown and British Invasion themes for Season 13 of American Idol. That’s because executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting Fox’s reality behemoth amid sagging ratings and a planned overhaul of the program during its current off-season, …READ MORE


Nigel Lythgoe Aims to Light Up the Sky Like a Flame With Fame TV Reboot

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So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe knows fame costs, and he’s ready to start paying… in sweat.

Lythgoe — who in addition to judging and exec-producing SYTYCD is also EP of American Idol and Opening Act – has partnered with MGM Television to “re-imagine” Fame …READ MORE


So You Think You Can Dance in Season 9: One Episode Per Week, but Two Winners!

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“Hold your breath,” says Nigel Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance‘s upcoming ninth season. “It’s going to be a very fast ride.”

Indeed, with Fox putting the kibosh on the reality competition’s results-show telecast, executive producer and judge Lythgoe has had to make a number of changes to the SYTYCD format. Here’s what to expect when the show returns next Thursday (May 24, 8/7c on Fox): READ MORE


Simon Says: The X Factor, Idol and Voice Champs Should Face Off – Do You Like the Idea?

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Reality competition guru Simon Cowell has come forth with a notion that, if enacted earlier, would have thrown The X Factor‘s Melanie Amaro, American Idol‘s Scotty McCreery and The Voice‘s Javier Colon into a steel cage for a Showdown of the Singing Show Champions (TVLine’s proposed title patent pending). READ MORE


Idol Boss Nigel Lythgoe: Expanded Judges' Power Unlikely, Critiques Won't Be 'Too Harsh'

AMERICAN IDOL: AMERICAN IDOL is set to return with a two-night event showcasing the nation's most extraordinary talent Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19. Auditions will continue with a special, extended primetime broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (6:00 PM-CC ET live/3:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX. PicturED L-R: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest answer questions from the press on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Las vegas, NV. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is well aware that the show’s ratings have slipped a little in its current 11th season, but don’t expect him to start panicking. “Whatever bad press we’re getting about these ratings, my God the rest of the [networks] would love [to have these numbers],” he said. Lythgoe also answered questions about Idol‘s judging panel — and whether or not he’s considering giving them more power over who gets eliminated — as well as the show’s newest crop of competitors: READ MORE


Nigel Lythgoe: So You Think You Can Dance Results Show Has Been Axed

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Cat Deeley hosts (R) with resident judges Nigel Lythgoe (C) and Mary Murphy (L) on Season Eight of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, premiering Thursday, May 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

Fox has pulled the rug out from under So You Think You Can Dance. 

NIgel Lythgoe announced on Sunday that Dance‘s weekly results show has been axed. READ MORE


American Idol: What Songs Should Nigel Lythgoe Ban in Season 11?

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Last month, while interviewing executive producer Nigel Lythgoe for a story about possible changes to American Idol for its upcoming eleventh season, I proposed the idea that the show should introduce a list of 11 songs that would be banned from the live performance rounds on the grounds that they’ve been done to death in previous seasons. Lythgoe’s response caught me off guard: …READ MORE


TVLine Items: House Vet to Good Wife, Big Bang Mom Returns, LUX Boss' New Show, and More

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Not unlike his former co-star Lisa Edelstein, House‘s Peter Jacobson (aka Dr. Taub) is dropping by CBS’ The Good Wife this fall. Might the two cross paths in the courtroom? READ MORE


Nigel Lythgoe Talks Emmys: If American Idol Doesn't Win This Year, It Never Will

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Nigel Lythgoe is a resident judge on Season Eight of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, premiering Thursday, May 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

It’s an honor just to be nominated, but if Nigel Lythgoe is being completely honest, he’d really like American Idol to take home the trophy for Outstanding Reality Show Competition at the 2011 Emmys. After all, Fox’s long-running singing competition has been nominated for eight years running without a single win. So you’ll forgive the show’s executive producer for getting something of a Susan Lucci complex as Idol awaits TV’s biggest night on Sept. 18 to hear the outcome of nomination No. 9. TVLine caught up with Lythgoe to talk about …READ MORE