STUFF LIKE THAT THERE, BACK THEN: Molly Eichel remembers American Idol as it approaches its last season, while David Cook talks to the AV Club about what it was all like in season 7, including that other finalist with the Dead, Dead Eyes.
one more: Jamie Poniewozik on tv's last mass entertainment:
It generated tours and albums and enormous ratings, network cross-promotions and product placements. It was a multiplatform bison, no part of which went to waste.
“Idol” pulled in north of 30 million viewers at its peak, and Fox milked it, expanding the excruciating audition rounds and padding the episodes. Celebrity guests flocked to pitch their wares. It was the biggest thing on TV; at times, it practically seemed like the only thing on TV. Network competitors called the show “the Death Star.”
But even Death Stars have their vulnerable exhaust ports. Familiarity was one....