The X Factor’ U.S.A Downsizing If Renewed In 2014; Fox Names New Reality Execs

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Sometime in May 2014, Fox is expected to officially announce if The X Factor USA is going to be renewed for a fourth season or not. In the meantime, on Jan. 7, 2014, Fox announced changes to its senior management staff responsible for Fox’s reality shows, which include The X Factor.

Sources have revealed if Fox does renew “The X Factor” in 2014, then “The X Factor” will most definitely be “downsized” with a reduced number of hours.”

“A lot will depend on how well “American Idol” (which airs from January to May) does in the ratings in 2014, and what on-air role “The X Factor” U.S., “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell would have on “The X Factor”

If Simon is to return to the UK show as speculated, would he have the time to participate in both shows?  Although not appearing as a judge for three years, Simon is still an executive producer on the UK show with a hands on role.

The X Factor” U.K.’s contestant auditions in front of the judges are held in May and June, boot camp takes place in July, and the judges’ houses phase of the competition takes place in August and sometimes through early September. “The X Factor” U.K. (whose U.K. network is ITV) begins airing in late August or early September through mid-December, with live episodes that begin in October. That’s a significant period of time that Cowell will not have to devote to “The X Factor” U.S., which has typically aired from September to December.

Fox might reduce “The X Factor” episodes to airing from four months a year to one or two months a year. Under this scenario, “The X Factor” would air several days in one week, much like NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

Another more likely possibility that is less disruptive to the other shows on Fox’s schedule is that “The X Factor,” which previously aired two nights a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays in the U.S.) would be reduced to one night a week, just like what Fox did with “So You Think You Can Dance” when ratings for that show decreased. Again, it is still undecided at this point how many months “The X Factor” U.S. will get on the air if Fox renews the show in 2014. Cowell and company have proposed several of these “downsizing” ideas to Fox in order to save “The X Factor” U.S. from cancellation. But is the show worth saving if Simon won’t be a full-time judge on the show anymore?

In a December 2013 conference call with reporters Simon hinted that his role on “The X Factor” U.S. will be different if Fox renews the show in 2014. He also said that he wants the show have an all-new judging panel. A few days after this conference call, Demi Lovato announced that she was quitting “The X Factor” U.S.’s judging panel because she wants to focus on her music career. Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland (who both joined “The X Factor” U.S. judging panel in 2013) are not expected to return, although Rowland told the media in December 2013 that she would return to the show if she is asked.

Fox has announced three executive changes to its alternative programming department, which is responsible for the network’s reality shows.

According to a Fox press release:

Amy Cohen, who been with Fox’s unscripted team since 2005, has been promoted to executive director of alternative entertainment. She helps oversee “The X Factor,” as well as other reality show.

SOURCE: The Examiner

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