FOX EXEC EXPLAINS 'AMERICAN IDOL' PROBLEM: An exec at Fox believes that the problem with American Idol is the quality of the contestants. CEO Peter Rice told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, "I do think if I have a criticism of the show for us last year, it's that we haven't found a group of kids that have captured the imagination of the public. They've been really talented kids. But for whatever reason, there hasn't been that sort of catalyst behind the show." He went on to say that moving forward the show will be less focused on who sits on the judging panel since all of last season's panel will be returning.
FX RENEWS 'FARGO': FX announced on Monday (July 21st) their plans to bring back Noah Hawley's TV adaptation of Fargo for a second season. Network CEO John Landgraf said in a statement, "We could not be more proud of Fargo. Noah's audacious, bordering on hubristic riff on my favorite Coen brothers film earned 18 Emmy nominations, the most of a single program in our history. Fargo was nothing short of breathtaking and we look forward to the next installment." John also revealed that the cast from the first season of the show is unlikely to be back for the next batch of episodes.
IS 'THE SIMPSONS' KILLING OFF KRUSTY THE CLOWN?: Rumors surfaced on Monday (July 21st) that Krusty the Clown may be the character getting killed off of The Simpsons in the coming season. Showrunner Al Jean announced last year that a major character would be axed in an episode airing on September 28th. Al has revealed that the title of the episode is 'A Clown in the Dumps' which has many speculating that it could be Krusty since a previous clue revealed that the actor who portrays the character has won an Emmy for his work. The episode will also be a crossover with Family Guy.
NETFLIX CROSSES 50 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS: Netflix has revealed that they acquired 1.69 million new streaming subscribers in the second quarter of 2014 which brings them past 50 million subscribers. DVD subscriptions have fallen from 7.4 million to 6.2. Execs Reed Hastings and David Wells issued a statement to shareholders on Monday (July 21st) revealing the news and discussing their upcoming project with Chelsea Handler saying, "Fewer people are watching talk shows live and are instead watching stacked episodes on DVR or online in the days and weeks following initial airing. Our intent is to produce a show with Handler and her team that reflects this shift to on-demand enjoyment and that will appeal to a global audience."
CAMERON CROWE FILM PUSHED TO NEXT SUMMER: Columbia Pictures has delayed the release of Cameron Crowe's untitled new film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams. The movie was originally slated for Christmas 2014 but will now hit theaters on May 29th, 2015. It will now be competing against Insidious:Chapter 3 and a movie called Monster Trucks. Crowe's last movie was We Bought a Zoo back in 2011.