Fox Reality to Premiere ``American Idol Extra,'' Original Programming Featuring Behind-the-Scenes Action with Top Twelve Finalists after Weekly Vote-Off Show

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2006--

  Series Premieres March 16 on Fox Reality and Will Reveal Backstage "Aftermath" for the First Time Ever, along with Contestant Interviews, Visits with Previous Idol Finalists, Celebrity Interviews and More  

“Never before have viewers been allowed to see the intimate and emotional back stage reactions following a contestant being voted off. We are excited to be the ones to bring it to the fans.”



Fox Reality, the only ALL REALITY, ALL THE TIME channel, will premiere "American Idol Extra" the first-ever series to reveal the backstage drama of what really happens on "American Idol" AFTER the weekly vote-off show on FOX. The original Fox Reality series, which is produced by 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia, begins on Thursday, March 16 and will continue through the crowning of this season's winner in May. Each week, the show will air on Fox Reality at 6:30 p.m. EST and again at 10:30 p.m. EST, repeating numerous times throughout the week.

"Fox Reality is the destination this March for 'American Idol' fans who can't get enough of this show and the contestants," said David Lyle, COO and General Manager of Fox Reality. "Never before have viewers been allowed to see the intimate and emotional back stage reactions following a contestant being voted off. We are excited to be the ones to bring it to the fans."

In addition to an interview with the week's voted-off finalist, "American Idol Extra" will take a look back at their journey from home-town tryouts to one of the coveted top 12 spots. The show will also offer a number of other tantalizing "peeks behind the curtain," including visits with some of the past season's finalists to get an update on their lives, comment and reaction on performances from celebrities and contestants let go earlier in the current season, as well as a look at some of the amazing production team that creates the excitement and tension of each "American Idol" episode.

Fox Reality's "American Idol Extra" is produced by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment. Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated "American Idol" is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.

About Fox Reality

Fox Reality launched May 24, 2005 to become the first destination for lovers of unscripted programming. The channel offers major US network favorites, exclusive international reality programming, Original Series and Specials. Fox Reality offers reality viewers more of their favorite reality programming with RealityRevealed in Primetime with never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes secrets and more reality fun. Fox Reality is currently seen in more than 18 million households, and is on pace to become one of only six new cable or satellite networks to surpass 20 million homes in its first year. To get more information on Fox Reality programs and schedules, please visit foxreality.com. To see if you get Fox Reality, call 1-877-859-REAL.

About FremantleMedia NorthAmerica

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of television's most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FMNA is known for producing such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (Fox). In 2005, FremantleMedia programs garnered 16 Emmy nominations, including six for "American Idol." Other credits include "The Price Is Right" (CBS), the longest-running game show in television history, the daily syndicated game show "Family Feud," the comedy game show "Distraction" (Comedy Central) and the hit lifestyle show "How Clean Is Your House?" (Lifetime). FMNA is currently producing "American Inventor" for ABC and "Game Show Marathon" for CBS and "Got Talent" for NBC.

FMNA is a division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with production operations in more than 25 countries. FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 34 television channels and 30 radio stations in 11 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com.

19 Entertainment

The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and to date has been involved in the creation of 109 Number 1 singles and 87 Number 1 albums with an impressive tally of 296 Top 40 albums and 465 Top 40 singles. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling over 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold over 10 million CDs worldwide, while its four television series were sold to over 100 countries around the world.

In 2001,Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenon "Pop Idol" and in 2002, "American Idol." "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates in the UK, while "American Idol" did the same for Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Tamyra Gray, Fantasia, Diana Degarmo, Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood in the United States.

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