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TV Guide Not Standing Idol

3/14/2006 8:24 AM Eastern

TV Guide Channel is looking to ride the popularity of Fox’s American Idol with plans to run a live Idol Tonight preshow series that will precede each night’s competition, beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Former Idol finalist Kimberly Caldwell will host the show, which will be broadcast from Idol’s Television City studios.

The programming expands synergies between News Corp.’s Fox and TV Guide parent Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., in which News Corp. owns a 40% stake.

Each one-hour Idol Tonight show will feature never-before-seen footage of current contestants, including auditions, outtakes and post-performance confessionals.

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