Fox Snaps Up the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants

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Don’t worry, America, you won’t miss the sparkles this year: Fox has picked up broadcast rights for the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. NBC previously had the franchise, which it dropped as part of its great divorce from The Donald in the uproar over his execrable comments about Mexican immigrants.

That’s according to Deadline. This summer’s Miss USA broadcast got fairly terrible ratings, but that’s because it was aired by Reelz at the last minute. However, Trump won’t be involved anymore, because he apparently sold The Miss Universe Organization back in September. He has, however, been welcomed back to NBC, in the form of a host gig on Saturday Night Live.

The Miss Universe pageant will broadcast from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, on December 20. Can’t wait to see the judging panel!


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So I went to the Deadline source article, because I was curious if it was definitely going to be Fox’s basic broadcast channel airing it, or one of their cable properties (pretty sure just plain ol’ Fox is going to be airing it), and stumbled upon this quote from a rep of the Miss Universe organization:

“As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, Fox is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show and the franchise.”

Ummmmm that’s kinda poorly-timed after what happened last night at the World Series game, no?!? I mean, I suppose that glitch was groundbreaking and innovative, but...