American Idol Judge Penetrates the Drama World
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
American Idol judge, Simon Cowell, has tapped a variety of fields in the music and television industry. Now, he dives in another venture as he infiltrates the drama world by generating a scripted drama series for British TV.

Cowell, a 47-year old TV personality, is known for his inclusion on the reality talent show American Idol where he has popularly established himself as a notorious and brutally frank judge. He was also a judge on several other shows like The X Factor and Pop Idol. In addition, he worked as a producer in America’s Got Talent and Celebrity Duets. At present, he is also an executive for Sony BMG in the United Kingdom.

Cowell will be working with Shed Productions, the company responsible for Footballers' Wives, Bad Girls and Waterloo Road, to create a drama with a behind-the-scenes structure of a reality competition entitled Rock Rivals. According to Daily Variety, this new show has been ordered by Britain’s ITV which is scheduled to film this summer. Subsequently, the show, although still waiting for the exact release date, will be launched in late fall on the United Kingdom ITV1.

What’s creating buzz, aside from Cowell’s involvement on the new show, is the possibility of Cowell serving another purpose in this venture. Variety reports that Shed is looking forward that the American Idol judge’s magic touch will help ensure commission for an American version of Rock Rivals.

President of Shed Productions, Brian Park, describes the distinct feature of his new venture. He said, "[It's] a blitzy combination of wild characters and pacey plots set against a world of ruthless ambition… Only Simon Cowell can provide that unique insight of what it is like to be at the epicenter on a worldwide phenomenon." As for Cowell, he considers the show as, “Rock Rivals [is] X-Factor meets Dallas."

-Kris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: RealityTV World