Simon Cowell producing ''Idol''-style drama
Simon Cowell producing ''Idol''-style drama -- The ''American Idol'' judge is hoping to launch a fictional series with elements of the hit reality talent show on Fox next year
Clay Aiken fans who questioned the validity of his defeat may already consider ”American Idol” fictional, but for the rest of us, a fully imaginary version of the show is in the works. Simon Cowell has pitched a new show to Fox that would take place at a ”Fame”-style school, with a final episode boasting a talent competition for which viewers would choose the winner, according to a network spokesperson. Fox has only ordered a single script for the show, which, if picked up, wouldn’t air until next fall, the spokesperson says.
The show, with Cowell as a coproducer, would also follow the personal lives of the teachers and students, according to a Variety report. Cowell’s last effort as a producer, reality dating show ”Cupid,” failed to garner ”Idol”-size ratings. But he still has his old gig to fall back on, after signing on for three more seasons. The next ”Idol” begins in January; excited Claymates should be reminded that Mr. Aiken is not eligible to compete again.