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FOX aims to reinvigorate 'Idol'

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The FOX broadcast network plans "some creative reinvigoration" to "American Idol" for the coming season, network executives said, after the aging blockbuster suffered a ratings dip in recent months.

Unveiling next season's programming lineup Monday morning, FOX acknowledged that "Idol" has seen softer-than-expected ratings recently, in part because of competition from NBC's "The Voice." At times earlier this year, "The Voice" was attracting more viewers than "Idol," though the latter has since recovered.

FOX Networks Group president Kevin Reilly wouldn't comment on whether any of the Idol judges would be replaced. He emphasized that FOX was happy with the performance of Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith and pop star Jennifer Lopez.

FOX is a division of News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal and NewsCore.

FOX announced it had ordered three new comedies for the new season, reflecting a recent emphasis on genre. Two of the shows, "The Mindy Project" and "Ben and Kate," will be part of FOX's all-comedy prime-time block this fall on Tuesday nights. FOX will also launch a comedy from the executive producers of "How I Met Your Mother" called "The Goodwin Games" midway through the season.

FOX will also debut a drama series midseason called "The Following," starring Kevin Bacon.

One of FOX's other longstanding hits, "Glee," will have some extra stars for part of next season with the addition of Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker. Both actresses will be on the high-school musical comedy for several episodes. The show is also being moved to Thursday night from Tuesday evening at 9:00pm, following "The X Factor."

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