Regis Philbin and Simon Cowell, America's Got Talent
Somewhere along the line, miraculous multitasker Kelly Ripa must have inspired cohost Regis Philbin to return to his own juggling act. Just as he did when he launched the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire phenomenon, Philbin will balance his morning Live with Regis & Kelly act with a prime-time reality show, America's Got Talent (premiering Wednesday at 9 pm/ET on Fox).
Taylor Hicks, American Idol
It may have taken a full hour for Taylor Hicks to make his way from the Kodak Theatre stage where he had been christened the new American Idol to the press room, but the soulful singer made it worth the wait. Surrounded by network handlers, his very arrival led the press area to double in population, as reporters came from out of the woodwork (or at least their auditorium seats) to pepper the champ with questions.
And to think that kind words from none other than
Elliott Yamin, American Idol
In the end, for American Idol wannabe Elliott Yamin, it came down to a trio of giant, video-projected percentages: 33.68, 33.26 and 33.06 — the last of which, separated from second place by just 10,000 votes, belonged to him. "I just knew.... I had that intuition that my name was going to be attached to the bottom number," he told TVGuide.com the morning after being sent packing. "And I was prepared for it, so it was easy to take and grasp." As for the oh-so-slim margin of loss to finalists Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, he says, "It was really flattering to have been involved in such a close, tight-knit race."
Early on in the competition, the 27-year-old Virginian was handed some of the highest praise one could ever expect to hear from
Peter Jones, American Inventor
Tonight at 9 pm/ET ABC presents the debut-season results show for American Inventor, in which one of four finalists will be deemed to have developed the best gadget. Who is likely to have earned America's vote? Who should win? And what changes are in store for the just-renewed competition's second round? TVGuide.com went to judge/cocreator/executive producer Peter Jones for answers.
TVGuide.com: As someone who gets an idea or two along the lines of "Someone should invent a...," I have to say this show has been interesting. I like it.
Peter Jones: Do you? It's quite interesting because some people say, "I really love the show," while
Brad Garrett, 'Til Death
After attending the networks' upfront presentations all week, the Biz has this analysis of the coming season. (Click here for next fall's grid and new-show descriptions.)
CWYou've got to wonder what went wrong in CW's new-series development process if the network had to bring back 7th Heaven — even though the show lost a reported $16 million for WB this past season.
But the decision to have CW's inaugural schedule made up of established shows from WB and UPN may end up being a blessing. Many of the shows have small but rabid followings, and promoting new shows on a new network will be tough. The fans of shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars will track them down on their own. Viewers in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that CW targets don't watch networks, they watch shows. (According to recent survey, only one in four 1
Ace Young, American Idol
Six weeks ago, if anyone had told you that Ace Young — he of the wavy hair, soulful eyes and "Father Figure" flourishes — wouldn't make the final four of Fox's American Idol (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), you'd have thought them crazy like William Hung. The Denver native, though, confirmed the improbable when he crooned "That's All" for his final performance.
What went wrong for the cutie crooner? "I don't think anything went wrong," he says. "I think that on any given night, anything can happen."
Anything, indeed, as evidenced by who joined Ace in the bottom two — the competition's other (and
American IdolI have to agree with Simon Cowell: Any of "that lot" could have been in the bottom three, as this performance night was one of the worst in the history of the show. Before we got to the big buh-bye, the wannabes headed off to the premiere of Ice Age 2. Seems like the perfect activity for Kevin "Chicken Little" Covais, but he missed it by a week. Then it was time for a photo shoot, where Lisa called them one "big, happy family." Well, not for long. Shakira and Wyclef brought out the intense energy — I swear, Shakira's hips moved more during the first 10 seconds of the song than Bucky, Lisa, Ace, Kellie and Chris' whole bodies have during the entire competition. Wyc
Hugh Laurie, House
American IdolGeorge Huff was in the house, but these off-key performances probably removed the smile from his face for the first time ever. I did actually enjoy Taylor and was freaked out to be in agreement with Paula Abdul — Taylor is really great when he just stands there and sings. Mandisa wasn't at her best, but vocally she was still miles above the others. Yes, Simon Cowell, we know the "song isn't for you." If it were, it would be called "Damn You," not "Praise You." Paris definitely had the "attitude" part of "Work It Out" down, and she managed a decent vocal while doing the patented Beyoncé booty dance. Bucky was OK — though the band drowned him out a bit, he picked a good song
It seems that torturing wannabe singers with backhanded compliments and full-frontal insults just isn't enough for Simon Cowell and American Idol producer Ken Warwick. Starting April 6 in L.A., they'll be conducting casting calls nationwide for a new NBC reality show called America's Got Talent. "We are looking for performers of all ages in every talent category in hopes of finding that next big name in lights," Warwick tells the Associated Press. Adds Cowell: "This is the show I've always wanted to make." (Funny — I thought that show was Cupid.) Gluttons for punishment can get audition details by visiting www.nbc.com and clicking on "casting."
American Idol TV Guide Channel's own Kimberly Caldwell got the very first camera shot last night. Woohoo! This really felt like the most rushed results show ever. But first, Barry Manilow took the stage. I was imagining Simon Cowell's criticism: "Barry, that was a ghastly karaoke performance. Hideous." OK, so I'm not a Fanilow, so sue me. Somehow I think Clay Aiken