TCA Day 9: Former ‘Idol’ Judge Ruffles Press’ Feathers

NBC Universal kicked off its day at the Television Critics Association winter meeting with Syfy’s hour-long Being Human, a supernatural drama about three young roommates who try to live normal lives despite being a ghost, vampire and werewolf; and reality/competition Face Off, which focuses on the world of makeup artists.

But it was former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who was here for Bravo music competition Platinum Hit, who hit a real sour note by refusing to answer a reporter’s question about her former hit show.

“You know what, I am happy to address that with you privately,” said DioGuardi, as she was booed by the audience. “But today, I’m really here for Platinum Hit and to celebrate that. I’m here as a hit songwriter, and I’ve sold over 150 million albums. And that’s why I love this show, because it enables me to help young songwriters—that is my passion in life—to be able to reach the market and have success.”
After the session, DioGuardi told a reporter he could read all about American Idol in the book she is writing.

In other Bravo news, the cable network has renewed Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, The Rachel Zoe Project, Flipping Out, The Millionaire Matchmaker and Work of Art: The Next Great Artist for new seasons. Bethenny Getting Married is morphing into Bethenny Ever After next season. Kathy Griffin will be back with four new stand-up comedy specials. And the new roster of series includes Rocco’s Dinner Party, Million Dollar Decorators, Pregnant in Heels and aforementioned Platinum Hit.  

In Oxygen news, Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto of Fox’s Glee have signed on to executive produce Oxygen’s upcoming reality/competition The Glee Project. It premieres in June with the first of 10 episodes. Oxygen, in addition, will debut docu-series All About Aubrey on March 7 at 10 p.m., with two new series planned for this spring: Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings and The World According to Paris, with the infamous Paris Hilton.