Stand Up To Cancer (Friday, 8/7c, all major networks)
In one of the more collaborative fund-raising TV events of the year, network anchors Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer host an hourlong telethon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, with appearances by notable philanthropic celebs like George Clooney and performances including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Neil Diamond, Leona Lewis, Lady Antebellum, The Edge and — fitting for an occasion that calls for an open pocketbook and heart — Heart sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson...
American IdolKatharine McPhee was rumored to be this year's Mario Vasquez, the dropout from last season who went on to superstardom. Or, rather, Starbucks. Well, Katharine said she'll be in it for the long haul, although I might have to quit Idol if Ryan Seacrest insists on saying things like "do you have the McPheever?" No, but cheese-ball lines like that do make me ill. Katharine did an okay Aretha Franklin — not quite up to Kelly Clarkson standard, but the judges loved her. They weren't quite as sold on Paris Bennett's "Conga," but she had fun anyway.
I was very impressed with Lisa, but she once again was scolded for singing an "old" song.