Anyone with half a brain can see that “American Idol” is going to die a quick, ugly death when Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” becomes the hot new reality karaoke competition to watch. Nevertheless, Fox is going through the charade of hiring new judges, who after MONTHS are-they-or-aren’t-they will be Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, two of the most respected musicians from never and briefly, respectively.
What with all my intelligent serialized TV shows to watch and leather-bound books to read, I obviously don’t care about this non-drama. However, I enjoy the part where J.Lo struggles to accept her fading fame:
Among JLo’s demands, “she was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep the movie career going. But Fox said no,” one insider tells me. “In the old days, these were called a ‘vanity deal’ for good reason. They simply don’t exist today. Will Smith doesn’t have put pictures.”
Another informant says she also was angling for TV development projects to replace the ones that had gone by the wayside when her career grew cold. Also, Team JLo was pissed that the Idol producers never discussed ahead of time their decision to offer a judging job to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Though Team JLo kept threatening she’d bail if she didn’t get what she wanted, Fox called her bluff several times. That’s when real or imagined “Plan B” feelers put out to other talent would wind up in the media. [Deadline]
The good news is that we can laugh at her for following in the hallowed footsteps of Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi. The bad news is she’s still going to get $12M a year from Fox. In a related story, firefighters in Michigan were laid off because the state’s economy is so bad. That seems fair.