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How have viewers responded to the tumult in TV so far in 2011? Here's what the Nielsen ratings tell us.
With the show going in to its 10th season, without Simon Cowell, industry insiders thought Idol could crash and burn. It hasn't happened. Through February 16, the show has averaged 25.2 million total viewers, down only 9 percent. "We feel it's a victory," says Fox executive vice president Preston Beckman, who credits the performance of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. "We succeeded in reinventing the panel," he adds.
Castle (Monday, 10/9c, ABC)
Who's that heroic looking interloper muscling into Beckett and Castle's turf? That would be former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, guesting in a tense two-parter as a fed who takes over a murder investigation that exposes a conspiracy with calamitous implications for the city. (Sounds like a job for Jack Bauer, but those days are over.) In other sweeps stunt-casting news, over on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 in the same hour, Danno's brother comes to paradise, a hedonistic Wall Street broker played by comedian Dane Cook. A mad bomber is also on the loose, which might actually be a welcome diversion if Cook tries to do stand-up.
The Good Wife (Tuesday, 10/9c, CBS)
The great guest stars keep coming, but at least one represents a welcome comeback: Gary Cole reprising his role as Diane's ruggedly handsome and politically opposite sometimes-beau Kurt McVeigh. The ballistics expert returns as her client, after he's sued over testimony he gave in the murder trial of a newly exonerated cop killer. Also on deck in this busy episode: Jerry Stiller as a narcoleptic judge, and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera as the illegal nanny of Peter's campaign rival Wendy Scott-Carr, which puts her on Eli Gold's radar.
Kathy Griffin, Loretta Devine
Glee has cast two new judges for its upcoming Regionals competition, and it's not Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
Kathy Griffin and Loretta Devine will hold New Directions' fate in their hands, TVGuide.com has confirmed. On Friday The My Life on the D-List star tweeted to fans, "So excited!! It's true!!"
She plays Rough-and-tumble Det. Ariana Sanchez, the only female detective in a testosterone-heavy station house on Detroit 1-8-7. "Sanchez is an all-balls kind of girl," laughs Martinez. "She's really tough, from Detroit and ...
Jennifer Lopez is in demand in 2011. Not only did she join the American Idol judging panel for the show's 10th season, but she and husband Marc Anthony received a surprise invitation to the Super Bowl, complete with Secret Service.
That's right, President Obama invited the couple to watch the Packers take on the Steelers. Lopez and Anthony accepted the invitation and revealed on the Grammys red carpet Sunday what the First Family likes to eat for the Big Game.
Why did Simon Cowell and the producers of Fox's The X Factor decide to offer contestants the biggest grand prize on television? To make everybody a little nervous, Cowell says.
The X Factor to offer $5 Million grand prize
"By putting up that kind of prize money, it's a massive, massive risk. But it's also an incredible incentive," Cowell told reporters Monday of the decision to offer the winning X Factor act a $5 million recording contract. "I think it puts everybody, rightly, under an enormous amount of pressure. I didn't want to go into this show without a feeling a certain amount of pressure, because with pressure, you've got to find a star.
"I think if we can't find a global star, then I would say we...
Before American Idol got down to wild and wacky business in Austin, the producers decided to start the show with a somber moment. Responding to some recent outrage over Steven Tyler's outlandish (and sometimes vulgar) outbursts and his inappropriate come-ons toward some of the younger female singers, the producers apologized for his "outrageous behavior." So did the Aerosmith rocker straighten up? Let's find out...
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson
Now that American Idol's new panel has endured a few rounds of ear-splitting auditions, we want to know how the new incarnation's individual judges compare to the old guard. Do you miss Paula Abdul's effervescent personality? Ellen DeGeneres' quirky humor? Simon Cowell's gruff, take-no-prisoners sarcastic wit? Or are you loving newcomer Jennifer Lopez' superstar presence and Steven Tyler's rock star attitude? Has Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge, become the guy you find most insightful? Let us know in our poll after the jump...
Jeers to American Idol for hitting a new (J.) Lo.
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Despite her alleged star power ...
The American Idol audition train rolled on to Milwaukee, which served up yet another batch of really young youngsters, a few more impressive standouts and the most ridiculous auditions we've seen thus far. But while watching and judging the wannabes, some interesting things happened to the judging panel: Steven Tyler became an even more inappropriate softie, Jennifer Lopez finally looked comfortable crushing people's dreams and Randy Jackson ... actually said something smart? So which singers inspired these changes? Let's find out....