The big news announced at Fox's TCA press tour was this:
Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after this season.
He wants to start his own show, a U.S. version of the U.K. hit The X Factor, which Fox has picked up for fall 2011.
What is The X Factor, you ask? Think of it like America's Got Talent. It even has the Xes and everything. Recently, it birthed the career of Susan Boyle. But I'm not interested. American television does not need another America's Got Talent, even if it is produced and judged by Simon Cowell. I wouldn't even care if The X Factor featured monkeys juggling meatballs. I won't be watching.
The move is all well and good for Simon, but what about the rest of us? What about the fans who watch Idol just to see what Simon will say about the contestants? I don't know about you, but I think a panel of three nice judges will be quite the bore. Randy will call everyone dawg, Kara will grab the mic and start singing the songs herself, and Ellen will try to be their best friend.
I guess this spells the end of American Idol as we know it.
Other news from the TCA tour:
-Glee was picked up for a 2nd season! That's right, our favorite show will be back next fall!
-America's Most Wanted will celebrate is 1000th episode in March. I used to LOVE this show. John Walsh is the man. I never got to catch a criminal, though. Oh well.
-Bones will hit its 100th episode in April. I don't care.
-Fox will premiere a new show called Code 58 in May. This is the description, from executive producer Matt Nix:
"It's an action-comedy where we follow these two cops. So, in a sense, it's a procedural as they investigate usually routine crimes. They both, each for their own reasons, have been sort of banished to the worst jobs in the department. And every week they investigate a crime that can range from the theft of a small residential burglary to reorganizing evidence to dealing with a stolen car. On a week-to-week basis, it's about how that intersects with a much larger crime and how they end up sort of getting involved in something much bigger."
Wow, that could not sound more boring. I'd rather watch 1000 straight episodes of America's Most Wanted. Did I mention John Walsh is the man?
Stay tuned for news from ABC's press tour...