Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson
Those writing about the inexorably declining ratings of American Idol will have to stand down for at least a day as the amateur talent competition stayed even with last week in the industry-prized 18-to-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Now, we'll have to see if the cliff-hanger involving the hopeful who fainted and fell off the stage gooses the ratings for Fox. (By comparison, fair or not, NBC's The Voice grabbed 17.69 million viewers with a 6.6 demo rating Monday night on its first regularly scheduled airing.)
One of the better things about a good episode of NBC's stalwart Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is that you can rarely tell where it's headed. Is tonight's cameo-heavy hour (10/9c) the latest condemnation of reality TV's sordid excesses? Sure looks that way at the start, as we encounter an especially slimy Michael McKean (relishing his repulsiveness) as the predatory producer of a crap-tastic train wreck titled Showgirls, featuring young hopefuls who would do "whatever it takes" to land the starring role in a Broadway musical. (No small irony this is airing the week of the all-important-to-NBC Smash premiere, where such things could never happen!) As he liquors up a nervous contestant for her "audition," he leers for her to "seduce the audience. Let them know you want this." Doesn't take a genius to know where this is going.
Person to Person
The revival of CBS' legendary program Person to Person special will feature George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi and Warren Buffett.
Longtime newsman Edward R. Murrow launched...
The Office, Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais may have applied for the top job at Dunder Mifflin, but don't expect to see him on The Office come fall.
The creator and star of the original BBC version of the sitcom criticized the hourlong season finale of the American Office on his blog Friday, writing, "If you're going to jump a shark, jump a big one."
The Office finale: Who should be the new boss?
Gervais, 49, is an executive producer on the U.S. adaptation and guest-starred earlier this season, reprising...
Catherine Tate, Will Arnett
It's serious business replacing the never-taken-seriously Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on The Office. After the implosion of both the sexist, nepotistic Deangelo Vickers and the power-mad, armed Dwight Schrute, Dunder Mifflin pulled out all the stops to find the right manager on Thursday's season finale. While there are rumors about who may already have the job and who definitely doesn't, nothing's official until the Season 8 premiere in September.
Let's do a follow-up interview with each of the candidates and decide who would make the best successor for the World's Best Boss -- quickly, before Creed wants to set up a lunch with his 4th and 9th-best clients. (Note: Jim Carrey's character didn't make the final list of contenders because, let's face it, this guy is never leaving the Finger Lakes...