FOX Still Hasn’t Made A Decision on the Fate of X Factor

At the FOX executive session at the Television Critics Association tour today in Pasadena, network chief, Kevin Reilly, told reporters that no decision has been made on renewing X Factor for a 4th season.

“There is no decision. I love him. He’s doing what he should do as a producer,” Reilly says of Simon Cowell’s claim that “X Factor” may come back. He admits that FOX is disappointed by ratings, but emphasizes how well the brand has done around the world. “If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have,” Reilly says. They have an option date in the next week, but they probably won’t decide for another. “He’s never going to be out of it. It’s his format. It’s his creation,” he says of Simon Cowell, though he may not be on-camera.

As we reported earlier,  X Factor is collecting info via surveys regarding possible format changes that would shorten the season to 8 weeks, with only one full week of live shows, including the finale.  Read about it HERE. If X Factor DOES come back, expect big, big changes next season.

Via HitFix

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    I vote for cancellation. Put this show out of its misery. lol

  • emme1000

    I second that cancellation idea. It has jumped the shark

  • Anny_nanny

    When they started auditions? Do they have the time to conduct full auditions?

  • Jason Gorny

    They found a credible winner with Alex and Sierra. That’s all that can be done to help Simon feel better and obviously they can promote their music on the UK version or the Australia version.

  • Lori

    “FOX Still Hasn’t Made A Decision on the Fate of X Factor” … Does anyone care?

  • elliegrll

    I think that another blogger was right, when he wrote that the X Factor’s fate is dependent on this season’s ratings for AI. Something about that is slightly ironic.

  • elliegrll

    I think that auditions will be limited to LA, and just like this year they will fill up on plants who have been cast by the producers.

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  • Seed

    Please just end this show. It isn’t working. The X Factor does well in the U.K. because it’s basically their version of Idol. We already have American Idol. We don’t need The X Factor. Ratings are pitiful and I doubt the talent is ever gonna get better.

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  • Tess Herself

    I think the jury may still be out on that one. We’ll see if they can make any inroads into the business…I have my doubts.

  • mason williams

    we have American idol, the voice, and even America’s got talent
    we never needed the x factor, between those three shows I just named all bases were covered

  • fuzzywuzzy

    TBH, I wasn’t very impressed by A&S. It’s very early though, so they may very well have a lot of success.

  • shell29

    This doesn’t bode well for a renewal IMO. They might as well just pull the plug. Maybe Simon can use the new baby as an out, cut his losses and head back to the UK do judge that version. I don’t think there’s much he can do to salvage this version.

  • b_james

    I’m thankful for the show that gave us Fifth Harmony and Alex and Sierra, but stick a fork in it. It’s done.

  • jms

    I actually liked the idea of X Factor, in part because huge productions, older contestants, and groups were different from Idol, but it always seemed a mess.

  • jpfan2

    Please just end it and put the extra money into Idol.

  • Miz

    I’m fine with it ending. I only watched a few shows of the first season and found it not to my tastes. Fox can use the time slot for original comedies or cooking competitions which they seem to be doing better with.

  • Lou

    I couldn’t agree more! Name one artist that has become successful from this show? Exactly! They do not support their contestant once the show is done they kick em to the curb. Same with all the other singing/talent shows. The only one that knows what their doing in this area is American Idol. They have produced star after star on that show. Why? The answer is Support/Promotion/Marketing.

  • deshae78

    X-Factor should just go away. It’s a terrible show.