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POSTED January 8, 2013 9:41 p.m.

FOX: PASSION, DISAGREEMENTS WITH NEW 'IDOL' TEAM: PASADENA  (AP) — Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at "American Idol" were having their first disagreement — about their disagreements. Then Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj kept it going.

"We're professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you've worked with?" Minaj said after repeated questions Tuesday about her reported feud with new fellow judge Carey.

"This was sort of one-sided," interjected Carey, wearing a queenly smile.

"No, it wasn't," snapped back Minaj.

Fox network executive Mike Darnell was asked by reporters with the Television Critics Association if the clash was authentic. He said there was a lot of musical passion within the group, which also includes country star Keith Urban and returning judge Randy Jackson, and that triggered disagreements.

"The fighting is what it is," Carey said at one point. "This is 'American Idol.' It's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid trumped-up thing."

FOX: NO CHANGES TO GRISLY DRAMA ON SERIAL KILLER: PASADENA (AP) — Fox's entertainment chief said Tuesday that the network did not change the content or promotion of "The Following," its upcoming drama about a serial killer, because of the Connecticut school shooting or other real-life acts of violence.

The drama featuring Kevin Bacon chasing a grisly killer who recruits murderous disciples is simultaneously the most stomach-churning and most anticipated new dramas on television's docket. Debuting Jan. 21 on Fox, the Kevin Williamson-created series opens by showing the bloody aftermath of knifed prison guards, has a woman commit suicide by gouging her eye and piercing her skull with an ice pick and shows a man set on fire at a coffee stand.

FOX TAKING A PAGE FROM HBO FOR 'BIG EVENT' SERIES: PASADENA  (AP) — Fox is taking a page from HBO and scheduling some "big event" series.

The network's entertainment chief, Kevin Reilly, said Tuesday that Fox wants to order some short series of around a dozen episodes or less, much like the cable network does. But don't call it a miniseries; the name seems to have a negative connotation in TV now.

Fox announced a development deal with producer M. Night Shyamalan for "Wayward Pines," a thriller Reilly compares to "Twin Peaks." Based on the Blake Crouch novel, "Pines," it involves a Secret Service agent going to an Idaho town to investigate two missing federal agents.

 

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