American Idol

Billy Crystal returning to television

FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon).

The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas in the ABC comedy Soap from 1977 to 1981.

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idoljudgesWith the American telco giant AT&T ending their affiliation with American Idol prior to the start of the 13th season, producers have been working on a new plan to enable fans to vote.  Cue the involvement of the two biggest online superpowers, Google and Facebook.

The partnership is a TV industry first and launches with Wednesday night’s episode. Built by Google, this new, dynamic voting capability connects to the Internet giant’s search function and presents itself right on the page when fans search on Idol-related terms. After choosing their favorites, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show.

Additionally, unlike previous seasons, voting will open at the beginning of the show and real-time voting trends from the East Coast will be displayed on screen, allowing voters a first ever look at the voting data, along with demographic information, as it happens live. Continue reading »

lambertAmerican Idol is bringing back some of its more successful contestants back into the fold to help out the new crop of talent in Season 13.

Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert will be mentors for the show’s new phase called Randy Jackson’s “Boot Camp,” Daughtry reveals himself.

The singer couldn’t keep his and Lambert’s participation a secret, tweeting, “Hanging with @Adamlambert at the #idol workshop. Glad to be back! Stay tuned…” Continue reading »

Gleelogo300Fox being sued in the UK over “Glee”

“The Glee Club” is a chain of stand-up comedy clubs in the UK whose owner, Mark Tughan, has taken umbrage with Fox who he believes has infringed his 1999 registered trademark name.  A British judge has ruled in Tughan’s favour but it is expected Fox will appeal, allowing the show to continue airing while the case potentially drags on for up to a year.

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Netflix shares climb 17%

Online streaming service Netflix have released their Q4 earnings report which has pushed their shares up 17% to an all-time high of $395.63 per share.

American Idol still #1 Continue reading »

idoljudgesAmerican Idol wannabes who get a Golden Ticket at their auditions will face an additional hurdle in Season 13 of the singing competition – the “Hollywood or Home” week. Before the hopefuls even have a chance to unpack their bags, some of them will be called in front of the judges to perform solo numbers. What they accomplish there (or don’t) will determine whether they continue on to Hell Week or go directly to the airport with a parting gift of shattered dreams. Continue reading »

HBO has ordered a new pilot from J.J. Abrams, a remake of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film Westworld.

Is Harry Connick Jr about to be announced as a judge on the next season of American Idol?

Are the Cybermen going to be the Doctor Who villains in this years Christmas special?  A now deleted tweet from one of the stunt doubles suggests that might be the case:

“Great to be stunting again for Dr Who in the Christmas special playing a Cyberman!”

The turnover of US Idol judges is set to continue

The collapse of songwriter and producer Dr. Luke’s deal to judge American Idol was a tough setback for Fox, Fremantle and the show’s producers that has left little time to fill a judge’s slot before the show begins taping, which originally was set for next Tuesday but could be delayed.

via Popcrush

via Popcrush

At this point, it appears that Harry Connick Jr. is likely to join the panel, though sources say Fox had hoped to add an industry professional to the mix rather than another celebrity. While Fox was said to be somewhat cool to the Connick idea, sources say there is reluctance to add another woman to the mix given friction last season between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which didn’t play well with the show’s key older female demographic. Fox declined to comment on any aspect of Idol business.

Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez reportedly have committed to judging this Idol season.

Why is Dr. Luke on outer?

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jlo idolJennifer Lopez’s boyfriend may have spoken out of turn when he confirmed to E! News that the singer-actress will be returning as an American Idol judge next season.

Asked whether Lopez is planning to join the Fox singing competition’s 13th season, Casper Smart replied: “Yes.” The problem is Fox has yet to make any announcement about Lopez’s return. Continue reading »

24-2Kiefer Sutherland’s return to TV as Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day will hit screens in the US in May 2014.  Here’s hoping TV3 fast-track it here.  In other 24 news, Chloe will be back!

Keith Urban has officially signed on as a judge for the 13th season of American Idol.

Oprah Winfrey is making an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman this week for only the second time ever. Continue reading »