Before American Idol's 10 female semifinalists took the stage Wednesday night, one big question was on viewers' minds: Would early judge/fan favorite Crystal Bowersox perform? After Bowersox's trip to the hospital Tuesday caused a switcheroo in this week's Idol schedule, the singer/songwriter — calling herself a "tough cookie" — did indeed perform, and she appeared to be in decent health. But how did she and the rest of the pack fare vocally? Let's find out....
Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham
American Idol continued its winning ways Tuesday, while NBC's heavily promoted Parenthood had a modest debut.
Idol drew 23.5 million viewers over its two-hour broadcast and more than doubled its competition among adults 18-to-49, pushing Fox to another overall Tuesday win.
Parenthood, meanwhile, drew 8.1 million viewers, despite NBC's continuous promotion during the heavily watched Winter Olympics. The show retained most of its Biggest Loser lead-in (8.3 million viewers), which wasn't much of a boost, considering Loser was down 11 percent from its last episode before the Olympics.
The silver lining for NBC, however, is that Parenthood won the 10/9c timeslot in the demo, which was good enough to move the network to third place overall for the night...
Alex Lambert, Casey James
How much difference can a week make? That's the question American Idol's top 10 women men had to face Tuesday. (Crystal Bowersox's illness forced a last minute switcheroo; the ladies will sing Wednesday). Overall, many of the guys made better decisions this week, but the talent level still left a lot to be desired by this recapper. Who made the most of his second chance? And which contestants were singing on borrowed time? Let's find out...
Marg Helgenberger, Henry Ian Cusick and Jenna Fischer
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Will we find out whether Desmond was really on the plane on the season premiere of Lost? — Carrie
MICKEY: "We will answer that question very shortly in the show," executive producer Carlton Cuse tells us. "It will absolutely be clear whether he was on the plane or not." Does this help? We're also hearing that the next time Desmond appears, which might not be for a while, it'll be with Penny at his side.
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In this hour, Jack and company continue to pursue the nuclear rods, while President Hassan's family drama takes center stage.
As we pick up with the Ortiz/Walsh story, it's apparent that, thank the sweet Lord, KevinEx is really dead. If only we could shake Walsh so easily. With that settled, Ortiz sets to work stripping down the bad guys' van and helping Dana dispose of their bodies (in a conveniently located nearby pond). Dopey Brooklyn accent or not, the guy is loyal and clear-headed in a crisis — though his commitment to a romantic future with "Dana" is clearly in doubt at this point.
Closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics
The closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics gave NBC another ratings win Sunday night, and set up a strong debut for Jerry Seinfeld's new series, The Marriage Ref.
The closing ceremonies averaged...
American Idol - Alex Lambert
Shocked and angry American Idol fans apparently weren't the only ones cursing during Thursday's elimination show.
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Near the end of the show's broadcast, when host Ryan Seacrest revealed that 19-year-old Alex Lambert would be staying in the competition over Tyler Grady, four seconds of audio were censored. The apparent cause:
Nadya Suleman, Lost
TV was all in the family this week. Damages' Carol Tobin kept her dead father's secrets by killing his mistress. Brother cowboys Cord and Jet had fun with hats on The Amazing Race. Kourtney Kardashian gave the doctors a hand in the delivery of her son. Lost's Jack has a son! And Octomon charmed the ladies of The View — and America — with a laugh as gentle and full-throated as a well-aged Cabernet. Welcome to Top Moments: Family Style Edition!
After one of the worst first semifinal rounds in American Idol's history, the show said goodbye to four contestants on the season's first results show. Plus: Season 8 alums Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen returned to perform. So, who won America's favor? Who was unjustly spared? Let's find out.<