Fox Reality�s Original ``American Idol Extra'' is Back for a Second Season Giving ``American Idol'' Fans the Exclusive, First Interview Plus More Behind-the-Scenes Excitement!
Show Premieres on Fox Reality on Thursday, March 15, 2007 6:30 pm ET with an encore performance at 10:30 pm ET; Second Season of �American Idol Extra� HOSTED by JD Roberto Joined by Co-Hosts Mikalah Gordon and Matt Rogers
LOS ANGELES -- Fox Reality, the only all reality, all the time channel is proud to announce the second season of �American Idol Extra,� with NEW host JD Roberto. �American Idol Extra� premieres on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm ET with an encore performance at 10:30 pm ET to give fans the whole story and the ultimate �American Idol� backstage pass immediately after each episode ends. Fox Reality brings its viewers inside the heart-racing drama and is the first to interview each eliminated contestant from the Top 12, every week until the season finale.
A veteran host of numerous popular reality shows including �Outback Jack� and �Shop �Til You Drop,� Roberto joins Fox Reality as host of the second season of �American Idol Extra�. Returning co-hosts and former �American Idol� Top 12 finalists Mikalah Gordon and Matt Rogers will go even further behind the scenes with exclusive up close and personal interviews. They�ll get comments and reactions on performances from family and friends of contestants, special celebrity guests, and even contestants who were let go earlier in the current season.
Viewers will get an inside look at the remarkable production team that helps create the excitement and tension of every �American Idol� episode. Viewers will hear from the show�s producers, director, and wardrobe and makeup/hair departments. The show will also offer a peek at contestant auditions and provide updates on some of the past season�s finalists.
�Fox Reality is dedicated to continuously giving our viewers more reality, so we�re very excited about bringing �American Idol Extra� back. This is a great opportunity for fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world�s most popular reality series, and we�re thrilled to be able to showcase it,� said David Lyle, Fox Reality COO and General Manager.
�American Idol Extra� is produced by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment. Twenty-two-Emmy-nominated �American Idol� is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
To kick-off an entire season of raw and uncut behind-the-scenes coverage, the first episode of �American Idol Extra� will air March 15, 2007 on Fox Reality. The show will premiere every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET and again at 10:30 p.m. ET, with encore performances throughout the week and weekend.
ABOUT FOX REALITY
Fox Reality launched May 24, 2005 to become the first destination for lovers of unscripted programming. The channel offers major US network favorites, exclusive international reality programming, Original Series and Specials. Fox Reality offers reality viewers more of their favorite reality programming with RealityRevealed in Primetime with never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes secrets and more reality fun. Fox Reality distribution is set to propel past 35 million subscribers in its second year, becoming one of only four new networks to achieve that feat. Its programming is available on television, broadband, cellular phones and other leading mobile devices. It recently entered into a sweeping deal with Apple� to deliver upcoming original series to iTunes� (AIE will not be available). To get more information on Fox Reality programs and schedules, please visit foxreality.com.
ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTHAMERICA
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of television's most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Burbank and with offices in New York, FMNA is known for producing such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (Fox). In 2005, FremantleMedia programs garnered 16 Emmy nominations, including six for �American Idol.�
Other credits include "The Price Is Right" (CBS), the longest-running game show in television history, the daily syndicated game show �Family Feud,� the comedy game show "Distraction" (Comedy Central) and the hit lifestyle show "How Clean Is Your House?" (Lifetime). FMNA is currently producing "American Inventor" for ABC and "Game Show Marathon" for CBS and "Got Talent" for NBC.
FMNA is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with production operations in more than 25 countries. FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 34 television channels and 30 radio stations in 11 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.
ABOUT 19 ENTERTAINMENT
The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and to date has been involved in the creation of 109 Number 1 singles and 87 Number 1 albums with an impressive tally of 296 Top 40 albums and 465 Top 40 singles. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold over 10 million CDs worldwide, while its four television series were sold to over 100 countries around the world.
In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, �American Idol.� "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the UK, while �American Idol� did the same for Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Tamyra Gray, Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood in the United States.