Is American Idol Worth Retooling?
At what point is a show so radically different from the original concept that itís not even worth continuing? Does it have to do with on-air personalities? Does it have to do with tone? Does it have to do with the men and women behind the scenes? These are the questions Fox executives and employees of American Idol are asking themselves today after the bloodletting continued with the firing of longtime producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick.
In just the past month, Idol has seen the departure of three judges and even longtime FOX alternative programming head Mike Darnell, who long championed the show. Apart from Ryan Seacrest, it seems like rumors have raged about every last employee still remaining. Given the truly abysmal ratings this past season, itís not hard to see why executives were so hellbent on blowing it all up, but to many, it is hard to see why the network is even moving forward with the show.
On the one hand, thereís something admirable about going out near the top. Programs on a downward trajectory donít tend to gain more momentum down the road, and the idea of seeing American Idol finish last in its timeslot at some point in the future just sounds wrong. On the other hand, however, the reality competition has long been one of the most profitable shows on television, and it makes sense that it would be given plenty of chances before the plug is finally pulled.
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