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'American Bandstand' with a Idol Twist ..
« on: May 27, 2004, 10:06:21 AM »
'American Bandstand' returns to television with an 'American Idol' twist

By Lynn Elber

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - "American Bandstand" is coming back with a new twist, courtesy of the producer of "American Idol."

A revamped version, from original producer/host Dick Clark and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, will turn the show's trademark dancing into a regular competition.

In the original 1950s-era show, studio audience members who did the twist, the swim and other hot dances were aiming to impress the audience, Fuller said Monday.

"We're going to have a lot more fun in that area. The public will be involved in choosing which of the kids is the coolest, the most gorgeous, the best dancer," he said.

He knows more than a bit about contests: "American Idol," which wrapped its third season Wednesday with a showdown between Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo, is a hit for Fox and has produced fledgling recording stars such as Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.

Clark said he's eager to see the program return, whether or not it becomes the pop culture force it once was.

"I wanted, ever since the show left the air, to find a way and a time and a place to bring it back," Clark said Monday.

Can the resurrected show work today? "If you think about it, 'American Bandstand' was probably the original reality show. And to bring it back in the throes of excitement about reality isn't a bad idea," he said.

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Re: 'American Bandstand' with a Idol Twist ..
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004, 09:53:14 AM »

Bandstand" Gets "Idol"-ized

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By Joal Ryan

Not that Ryan Seacrest needs another job, but another dream gig may have just come along.
American Bandstand, the Dick Clark-hosted TV sock hop that spanned oldies rock to new wave, will be revived, in part, by the executive producer behind the Seacrest-hosted American Idol, it was announced Monday.

Clark and Idol's Simon Fuller will executive produce along with Allen Shapiro of the film and music company Mosaic Media Group.

A summer 2005 launch is being eyed. A network home is thought to be likely, though none was announced.

Also not announced: a host.

The supposedly ageless Clark, now 74, spun records, interviewed bands and rapped with kids in the studio audience for 31 years, from Bandstand's roots in local Philadelphia TV to its four-decade run on ABC.

The show left the network in 1987. It continued on in syndication for nearly two years. In 1989, it moved to cable's USA with Clark's hand-picked successor, the immortal David Hirsch. The retooled Bandstand was played out in about six months. (Its old self lives on today in vintage clips on NBC's Clark-produced American Dreams.)

On Monday, a press release promised a "nationwide search" for the Bandstand host of the 21st century.

Will one of the candidates be Seacrest, whose admiration of all things Dick Clark is well documented?