The last few weeks have been pretty slow in the television and movie news industry leading up to the Oscars in a few weeks. However, there have been some new announcements that were released over the weekend and today.
- Fox has renewed their drama Lucifer for a third season. The series, based on the Vertigo comic series, has been a solid performer for the network, tying its lead-in program Gotham in ratings most of this season. Gotham, which is more expensive to produce, is currently on the bubble.
- Nick Cannon has revealed that he is quitting America’s Got Talent after 8 seasons. Cannon was upset that NBC brass were considering firing him over a joke he made during his newest special that aired on Showtime earlier this month. The comedian has been on the series since its fourth season replacing Jerry Springer as host.
- There have been early talks at NBC on reviving American Idol. The series, which ending its 15-year run last year, was a juggernaut and was the springboard for many other singing shows like The X-Factor and NBC’s The Voice. With The Voice’s ratings declining since they introduced two cycles per year, it’d make sense to try alternative programming to help stabilize the ratings. While Idol’s ratings declined heavily in its final years, even at its lowest ratings it would be a hit for the peacock network.
- ABC announced today that they will have the first ever African-American Bachelorette when Rachel Lindsay is announced as next season’s The Bachelorette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This is the first African-American star of either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette in its combined 33 seasons. Lindsay was a contestant on this season of The Bachelor.