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American Idol: Who's Going to the Finals?

Candice Glover

There's just one more week left in Season 12 of American Idol, and the two ladies who'll be competing in the final were revealed Thursday. Who was sent home?

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The Thursday Playlist: Big Bang Plays D&D, Storm Front on Grey's

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik

Few things bring more pleasure than watching a deservedly hit comedy firing on all cylinders. Such is the case with this week's rollicking The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8/7c on CBS), which no matter how long we've enjoyed it still manages to show that it has new tricks up its sleeve — notably, Simon Helberg's gift for celebrity impressions. They come in handy as Howard assumes the role of dungeon master in a game of Dungeons & Dragons on what's supposed to be a boys' night, soon invaded by the gal pals when their plans for a Vegas getaway crap out. "I've never played Dungeons & Dragons with girls before," whines the resistant-to-change Sheldon, to which Penny answers: "Don't worry, sweetie, no one has." Big boom!

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Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery Among Winners at CMT Music Awards

Carrie Underwood

Two American Idol alums took home top honors Wednesday night at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. read more

American Idol: Is Runner-Up Jessica Sanchez Taking a Major Pay Cut?

Jessica Sanchez

Coming in second place on American Idol may have cost runner-up Jessica Sanchez more than she thought.

According to the Associated Press, this season's Idol contract for finalists who aren't crowned America's most talented singer falls short of what the Fox reality series used to offer... read more

Which American Idol Alums Will Perform This Season?

Adam Lambert

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.
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American Idol: Back In Tune

American Idol

Around this time every year, Fox executives and the American Idol producers start to panic, wondering if the show's huge audience will return en masse for the start of a new season. But this winter is different. Idol defied the odds last January, engineering a successful reboot with the addition of new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. And more importantly, the show's talent made a comeback as well, thanks in part to the countrified sounds of finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery.

Now, as American Idol enters its 11th season, no one's predicting the show's demise. Even with The X Factor and The Voice on the scene, rivals concede that Idol, the granddaddy of them all, remains a ratings monster.  For the first time in four seasons, there are... read more

Exclusive: Toby Keith, Pawn Stars Join American Country New Year's Eve Live

Toby Keith, Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell

The Eli Young Band, Toby Keith and Joe Nichols will perform during American Country New Year's Eve Live, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

In addition, comedian and country music singer... read more

The Monday Guide to TV: A Holiday Closer, Charlie Brown and More Country Awards

The Closer

Is he a good Santa or a bad Santa? Sounds like a case for Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), and in a very campy Christmas episode of TNT's The Closer (9/8c) — one of many holiday episodes we'll be weighing in on this week — the Santa is ...
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The Guide to Thursday TV: Bones, An Office Visitor, A Country Christmas, and More!

Bones

Always a popular (if sometimes contentious) topic in my Ask Matt forum, Fox's Bones refutes any notion that its heart isn't in the right place in this week's ultimately touching episode (9/8c). Ralph Waite (forever Papa Walton to many of us, though nowadays better known as Jethro's dad on NCIS) makes a welcome return as Booth's grandfather, bearing some unwelcome news that has the very pregnant Bones (Emily Deschanel) wondering how best to reach ...
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VIDEO: Idol Alums Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Botch Lip-Synching, the National Anthem

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina

Thanksgiving was not a great day to be a Season 10 American Idol finalist.

Champ Scotty McCreery started off the bad day with a major blunder at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where he was to ...
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