This Week on Fox: GLEE Cast Signed for Three Movies, Jason O’Mara Toplines TERRA NOVA, AMERICAN IDOL Auditions Open to 15-Year-Olds

     June 21, 2010


A couple of notable items have sprung from Fox headquarters this week.  First up, it turns out that the photogenic cast of the hit teen musical Glee are signed up for a trilogy of feature films if Fox fancies such a move.  Per their 2008 contracts:

“[The actor] hereby grants Fox three exclusive, irrevocable options to engage [the actor] in up to, respectively, three feature length motion pictures.” [Hollywood Life]

That’s not to say that Glee will ever hit the big screen.  But if Fox ever pulls the trigger, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling and the gang are all contractually on board.

Hit the jump for details on the upcoming American Idol auditions, and the lead casting of the Steven Spielberg produced Terra Nova.


Once upon a time, Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) was offered the lead in the high-profile prehistoric drama Terra Nova.  After he regrettably passed, Fox set their sights on a solid second choice to play family man Jim Shannon: Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars).  Over the weekend, Variety announced that O’Mara officially accepted the role.  The Dubliner ought to bring some gravitas to the role, likely necessary for a show with such a fantastical setting.

As a refresher, here’s the official synopsis:

In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race … possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.

The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony of humans in this second chance for civilization. JIM SHANNON, a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, ELISABETH SHANNON, is a trauma surgeon chosen through a global lottery as a new addition to Terra Nova’s medical team. JOSH SHANNON is their son, mourning the girl he left behind, as he’s torn between two role models – his father and the charismatic COMMANDER FRANK TAYLOR, the leader of the settlement, and the heroic first pioneer through the time portal. MADDY SHANNON, Jim and Elizabeth’s teen daughter, is as independent and adventurous as her parents, but her distrust of authority soon leads her on a dangerous path.

Lastly, American Idol is gearing up to audition thousands of young hopefuls for their ticket to fame, and in season ten the hopefuls will be younger than ever.  The show has trimmed a year off the age of eligibility, so that 15-year-olds can sing their hearts out for Randy, Kara, Ellen, and… hmm.  Simon Cowell will be notably absent from the judges’ table this season, but at this relatively advanced stage of production, we must be nearing an official announcement of his replacement, no?

randy_jackson_american_idol__2_Here’s the official press release:




Before AMERICAN IDOL, Lee DeWyze worked as a paint store clerk in Mt. Prospect, IL. Kris Allen was a college student from Conway, AR. David Cook tended bar in Blue Springs, MO. Chris Daughtry was a service advisor at a car dealership in Greensboro, NC. Carrie Underwood lived on a farm in Checotah, OK. Jennifer Hudson was a cruise ship performer from Chicago, IL. Kelly Clarkson was a waitress from Dallas, TX. One audition changed the rest of their lives.

Once again, aspiring singers will have the incredible opportunity to audition in cities across the country to become the next AMERICAN IDOL as the No. 1 show on television begins auditions for its milestone 10th season on Saturday, July 17 in Nashville, TN. The search for the next singing superstar will continue in Milwaukee, WI, on Wednesday, July 21; New Orleans, LA, on Monday, July 26; East Rutherford, NJ, on Tuesday, Aug. 3; Austin, TX, on Wednesday, Aug. 11; and San Francisco, CA, on Thursday, Aug. 19.

In celebration of the momentous 10th anniversary and in an effort to continue to find the best undiscovered talent in the nation, AMERICAN IDOL is expanding the eligibility age range for the first time ever to include hopefuls from 15 to 28 years old. (The previous minimum age requirement was 16.)

“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of AMERICAN IDOL. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

AMERICAN IDOL auditions will be held as follows:

Cities Dates Venues
Nashville, TN                  Saturday, July 17               Bridgestone Arena
Milwaukee, WI               Wednesday, July 21           Bradley Center
New Orleans, LA            Monday, July 26                 TBA
East Rutherford, NJ        Tuesday, Aug. 3                 IZOD Center
Austin, TX                      Wednesday, Aug. 11          Frank Erwin Center
San Francisco, CA          Thursday, Aug. 19              AT&T Park


Full details regarding the Nashville auditions are below. Specific information on the subsequent audition cities will be announced shortly.

Nashville AMERICAN IDOL Audition Information

WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of July 17, 2010, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply – please visit for specific information.

WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 2010

WHERE: Bridgestone Arena
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN

HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from approximately 7:00 AM on Thursday, July 15 until approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, July 17. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to Bridgestone Arena by 5:00 AM on Saturday, July 17.