Creator: Pop Idol, American Idol
Singing competitions have dominated broadcast television for the last decade, and you have Simon Fuller to thank for it. Simon Fuller is the creator of the Idol franchise, which began in England as Pop Idol and is represented by American Idol in the states.
Fuller first came to public prominence when he managed another American sensation: He was the Spice Girls' handler when they invaded American shores. Just as his Spice Girls precipitated a crop of copy cats, his singing shows have produced endless clones. No matter what your stance on these shows, there's no denying that they're keeping the lights on at the broadcast networks as the audience for narrative content continues to splinter.