If you’ve already listened to this weekend’s edition of Fox All Access on the radio, you’ve heard the sad news: After 18 years, we’re signing off the air.
Sure, we wish we could have kept the show going forever, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. So, just like Drs. House and Wilson did when “House” ended, it’s time for us to ride off into the sunset, heads held high.
From our days as the Fox Kids Countdown and Fox Family Countdown, to the decade we spent as Fox All Access, this radio show has been much more than just a job to those of us who have worked on it.
It’s been our passion.
We hope that’s come through in everything we’ve done, whether it’s the radio show, this website, our YouTube videos, or our social media updates.
We leave with tremendous pride in everything we’ve been able to accomplish in these past 18 years. Producing 938 unique radio shows is no easy task — that’s more original episodes than “The Simpsons,” “House,” and “Bones” combined! And in the last few years, we’ve also created more than 600 videos, a pretty astonishing number for a group that started with no video experience.
We hope we’ve left you with plenty of great memories. Maybe it was a really cool interview. Maybe Chris Leary said something that made you laugh. Maybe you heard a really awesome song for the very first time during “You Gotta Hear This!” Maybe you called in and got on the air, and your friends couldn’t believe they heard you on the radio. Or maybe you just came to count on us as a familiar friend you could spend time with each weekend.
If you listened to our final show, you heard the entire crew sharing our favorite Fox All Access memories, and now it’s your turn. Leave a comment, share a memory, and let us know if we succeeded in our #1 goal: to entertain you with two hours of great radio every weekend.
On behalf of the entire Fox All Access staff, thanks for listening. Keeping a radio show going for 18 years is a pretty spectacular thing in this business, and we couldn’t have done it without you.
So again, thanks. We’ll miss you.
“American Idol” said goodbye to another contestant tonight, as Skylar Laine was eliminated from the competition.
“Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine wasn’t all that surprised to see Laine get the fewest number of America’s votes, but he does have some ideas about why the viewers are voting the way they are.
He also thinks he knows what it will take for each of the four remaining contestants to win it all, and he shared those thoughts with Fox All Access producer Jeff Axelrod backstage after tonight’s show.
Watch the “American Idol” Final Four perform next Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox.
Yes, we had to ask.
After posting a story about Randy Jackson and the unusual haircut he sported during a 1988 performance with Michael Bolton on “American Bandstand” this morning, we couldn’t resist asking the “American Idol” judge what he was thinking with that hairstyle.
He told us, and also offered up a tribute to the legendary Dick Clark.
Oh, and in case you haven’t seen the video of Randy on “Bandstand,” we’re happy to share it with you again.
Sad news from Los Angeles today: Iconic producer/host Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82 after suffering a massive heart attack. Clark’s health had been on the decline since his 2004 stroke.
Clark, whose boyish looks helped earn him the nickname of “America’s Oldest Teenager,” began his career as a radio host in 1947. He made the transition to television with “American Bandstand,” which helped turn musical acts into household names for decades. Although Clark hosted the show from 1964 to 1989, he once reminded us that the show actually got started in 1952. (Click on the audio player to hear Dick Clark)
When Clark landed the “Bandstand” gig, it transformed the face of music on television — and his career — forever. He recalled what it was like when he was offered the job hosting the show. (Click on the audio player to hear Dick Clark)
Clark has always been proud of “American Bandstand’s” legacy, because it preserved so many classic musical performances for the ages, and because of the way it broke down racial barriers by integrating its dance floor back in the ’60s. (Click on the audio player to hear Dick Clark)
Clark proved himself to be just as adept behind a desk as he was in front of a camera. He was a brilliant businessman who built a media empire, producing numerous television shows and event programming, such as the Golden Globe Awards, the American Music Awards, and the annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special from Times Square which, of course, he also hosted.
There will never be another Dick Clark. He was an innovator and an icon. But he was also one of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet. And his contributions to music and television will live on forever.
Beloved author Nicholas Sparks has published seventeen books. Out of those stories, several of his films have been made into films. The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and based on a Sparks book, opens in theatres this Friday.
The author is not a control freak when it comes to his films, as he tells us he has complete faith in The Lucky One producer Denise Di Novi, who also produced an adaptation of one of Sparks’ most popular stories, A Walk to Remember. (Click on the audio player to hear Nicholas Sparks )
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Hudgens who has carved out a nascent pop career with the albums V and Identified, is ready to step back into the music arena. This time out, however, she wants to take her time for the right collaboration. (Click on the audio player to hear Vanessa Hudgens)
Vanessa Hudgens will be seen later this year in the drama The Frozen Ground with Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and 50 Cent. The picture is set for a December release.
“The Finder” returns to Fox in a new time slot, with six new episodes in a row starting this Friday night.
The first is an episode guest-starring rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as a music mogul trying to find out who’s illegally leaking tracks owned by his record company. But there’s an even bigger name behind the camera: The episode was directed by “Bones” star David Boreanaz.
Fox All Access talked to the star of “The Finder,” Geoff Stults, to find out more about the episode (including why it was a particularly embarrassing one for him to shoot), working with 50 Cent and Boreanaz, and why he thinks the new time slot is perfectly suited for the show.
New episodes of “The Finder” air Friday nights at 8/7c on Fox.
Snow Patrol’s American tour starts this week in Orlando, Florida. Lead singer Gary Lightbody is really excited to share his new material with the world, it’s been one hell of an album in the making, one that really challenged him in the worst way. As he described to us, he was “incredibly frustrated, he was in pieces.” The culprit? Writer’s block. The frustration left him feeling depleted, it seeped into his personal life and all in all, it was a very dark time for him. He told us, “For three months, he sat and stared at the abyss.” Through the process and with a little bit of clarity, he discovered that he had to get out of his own way, he had to stop being afraid. Once he came to terms with that, things started to make sense and the pen began to flow. He wrote away and the rest as they say is history. In the end, he is extremely proud of this new record, “Fallen Empires.”
We asked Gary Lightbody to tell us what fans can expect on this tour through America. (Click on audio player to hear Gary Lightbody)
This is Snow Patrol’s new track from their sixth studio album, “Fallen Empires,” it’s called “In The End” and we’re certain you’ll hear it when you catch them out on the road!
FOX All Access host Chris Leary caught up with “The Finder” stars Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan at this week’s FOX TCA - and wow, what an interview! What we found is that these two guys have a serious bromance brewing up, and boy is it infectious! We also discovered some pretty interesting facts about these two Goliaths that involve a 6′ 8″ chinese woman, John Fogerty’s guitar pick, some cats named Mimi, Pinky, and Bunny, and a kiss on S Club 7! Check it out!
So on a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate these guys on the bromance barometer? Let us know! Find out how this bromance translates to your TV screen! Check out the premiere of “The Finder” this Thursday at 9PM ET/PT on FOX.