TV theme songs remain a rarity in primetime, with most shows settling for a quick title card and short instrumental burst. (Witness this fall's no-frills openings on shows like Jane the Virgin.) But a few new shows are still keeping the form alive. That includes Showtime's new steamy relationship drama The Affair, which commissioned an original piece from Fiona Apple.
Jena Irene and Alex Preston
On Thursday night, the reality show continued its "Back to the Start" theme by inviting alum Chris Daughtry back to the stage. Did he rock it? And who fell to the bottom?
Tuesday was Ladies' Night on American Idol, but on Wednesday the judges turned their attention to the guys. "We just have a new breed of musician and singer coming up," judge Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest before the performances began.
The show repeated its head-scratching formula from Tuesday, only allowing 10 of the Top 15 guys to perform on stage, with virtually no explanation for viewers as to why the remaining five got cut. Former judge Randy Jackson, as well as alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, also all returned as mentors.
Adam lambert, Marrialle Sellars
Another day, another American Idol dream crushed. Tuesday's episode kicked off Rush Week, in which only 10 of the Top 15 girls were chosen to sing live in their bid for the finals.
Randy Jackson, Briston Maroney
Randy Jackson returns to American Idol tonight in his new role as mentor, guiding the contestants through Rush Week. The 31 remaining hopefuls will cycle through Jackson's workshop, a series of classes focusing on vocal skills, styling and social-media training. Former finalists Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry will also be around to field questions. Idol's top dawg breaks down the intensive two-day process.
TV Guide Magazine: Why did you want to come back for this workshop?
Jackson: Being a judge, you don't have that closeness with the kids. I know they have a trillion questions, so I really wanted to prepare them for the show and make it informative. You've got all these people at the top of their fields who want to help. This is for the rest of the [contestants'] lives, so they have to take advantage. It's like a college-prep course, and I'm the dean!
Can American Idol continue its winning revamp? The reality competition series has already introduced Harry Connick Jr. to the new judging panel, guitar-accompanied auditions, The Chamber, abbreviated Hollywood rounds and even a viewer-decided semifinalist vote. As Idol enters Rush Week -- airing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (8/7c, Fox) -- more changes are on the way to revitalize the teenaged show.
Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson and David Cook
As part of American Idol's complete overhaul for its upcoming 13th season, the show is considering hiring former alums to join the judges' panel.
Chris Daughtry has been sued by his former bandmates over royalties, North Carolina's Charlotte Observer reports.
According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Guilford County Superior Court, Ryan Andrews, Scott Crawford and Mark Perry claim they're owed money on four of Daughtry's songs they say they wrote together, including the hit "Home."
American Idol will welcome several former contestants as guest performers on the show's March 15 episode. Among them? Season 8's Adam Lambert, season 10's James Durbin, and runner-up Lauren Alaina, and season 5's Chris Daughtry.
Nigel Lythgoe got pretty worked up when when Pia Toscano got the boot on American Idol last week. He may even change up the way America votes next season!
Lythgoe told TV Guide Network that he's mulling a change to the voting structure in the wake of Toscano's surprise exit and...