‘Idol’ wishes on stars

TV’s top-rated reality show is getting the star treatment, with Fox closing in on a deal for a celebrity spinoff of “American Idol.” “Idol” producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment are behind the project, which Fox reality guru Mike Darnell said would be broadcast as a 10-episode “event” over the course of two or three weeks. The show — dubbed “Celebrity Idol” — will feature 10 well-known faces competing for charity, with the winner getting $1 million for his or her pet cause. While there’s no official airdate yet, Darnell said the program could air “sooner rather than later,” and an early fall or November sweeps premiere seems logical. When asked about the participation of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, Darnell said it’s “our hope that the judges and Ryan will do the show.”

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