Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman told The Wrap that he has “no plans” to resurrect Simon Cowell’s singing show, the X Factor.
We all pretty much figured that out. Why would FOX bring back a show that failed to take off after 3 seasons? That decision would not bear much logic.
However, Newman DOES hope to bring Simon back to FOX. Indeed, there has already been talks between the two parties.
“We have talked about a variety of things including competition shows,” Newman said. “I think what Simon and we feel similarly about, is that the show needs to have a reason for being.”
“Clearly, singing competitions are pretty well played out,” he added. “We’re not going to move forward with a show like that — nor would Simon — unless we really felt that we cracked something that felt new and different.”
The remarks came in a conversation The Wrap had with Newman after his appearance with fellow Fox TV Group boss Dana Walden at the network’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel on Saturday.
“We are in talks with Simon Cowell, nothing to announce right now, but would love to be back in business with him.” Newman said at Saturday’s panel. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for him, being able to find stars, being a tremendous talent magnet” Added Walden, “He is a person that epitomizes showmanship.”