Reconstituted ‘Idol’ To Hit Syndication

Jan 23, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“American Idol” is coming to syndication in fall 2006, with Tribune Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment tweaking the first season of the Fox network reality hit as a one-hour weekly off-network series.

Called “American Idol Rewind,” the syndicated series will streamline the Tuesday night competition shows and Wednesday results shows so viewers can see the performances and judging all in one episode. “Rewind” will also feature never-seen footage, including coverage of first-season auditions, behind-the-scenes facts and recently shot interviews with “Idol” contestants.

The syndicated season will cover the audition phase of season one and conclude with Kelly Clarkson’s being crowned the first American Idol. The show has been cleared in 55 percent of the country on the Tribune stations and the Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, with clearances in nine of the top 10 markets.

“Rewind,” which is being sold on an all-barter basis, is produced by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, with Tribune Entertainment representing station and ad sales.