ABC’s American Idol launches auditions in 19 American cities
Produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, the revamped American Idol will search 19 American cities for new talent. Those looking to audition can do so via the internet by submitting audition videos online or by showing off their talent on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.
FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond involved in a serious car crash
Amazon’s The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond was involved in a serious car crash after finishing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland Saturday (June 10).
Hammond fractured his knee in the crash and was flown by air ambulance to hospital in St. Gallen, said a spokesperson for The Grand Tour, in a statement.
The accident (pictured) took place while filming the second season of The Grand Tour for Amazon Prime. Hammond was driving a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia. He was able to get out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.
Alevy Productions picks up the gameshow format While You Were Getting Married from Gil Formats
Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions has picked up Israel-based Gil Formats’ gameshow series While You Were Getting Married.
This is the first collaboration between Gil Formats and Alevy, which has an overall deal with Critical Content to develop and produce original series for TV and digital.
The gameshow format While You Were Getting Married takes place at a wedding where guests compete to win prizes for the unsuspecting bride and groom. A comedic host surprises the wedding party and challenges the guests – individually and in teams – to compete in different games.
HeartHat Entertainment celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday with two new productions
Toronto-based prodco HeartHat Entertainment is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday this year with two new productions, including a one-off documentary for HGTV Canada.
Great Canadian Homes explores the country’s architectural history. Hosted by interior designer and HGTV Canada personality Tommy Smythe, the program opens the doors to some of the country’s most iconic homes. Great Canadian Homes is slated to air June 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.