'American Idol' Replaces Director, Brings In an Industry Heavyweight Deadline

“American Idol” is getting more than new showrunners and a revamped judges’ panel as it regroups in an effort to pump up ratings for the upcoming season.

The Fox singing competition has also tapped seven-time Emmy Award-winning director Louis J. Horvitz as the show's director for the "American Idol XIII" season, reports.

Horvitz, who replaces Gregg Gelfand in the role, is described in the report as “one of the go-to directors for live TV, having overseen the live broadcasts of the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies.”

His work on the Oscars has earned him five Primetime Emmy Awards, while he has taken home two trophies for his work on the Kennedy Center Honors, including one earlier this year. He has a total of 17 Primetime Emmy nominations for directing, going back to 1995.

“Idol” will return to Fox Jan. 15 for the start of a two-night, four-hour premiere.

louis j horvitz with taylor swift.jpgLouis J. Horvitz with Taylor Swift at rehearsal for the CMAs