American Idol's new rock star judge, Steven Tyler, hasn't quite gotten the hang of not swearing on family friendly network TV. "He says f--- sometimes," says executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "And I say, 'Steven, you said f---.' And he says, 'F---, did I say f---? Ah, s---. Sorry, man.'"
Lythgoe laughs. "We've had to bleep him many times for the audition shows. It's a part of who Steven Tyler is."
But it's about to get trickier...
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson
The beast is back. Whether it's actually back in fighting shape, or just back to fall apart even more, is still TBA. But from last night's opener, we still have no idea. But there was enough good going on to leave us kind of hopeful for American Idol Season 10.
First off, there are the new judges. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler — certainly bigger names than Kara DioBlahBlahBlah and far more versed in music-biz bidness than Ellen — brought energy and actual industry savvy to the auditions without copycatting any of their predecessors....
The Vampire Diaries
Evil is coming to Mystic Falls! Exec producer Julie Plec confirms to TV Guide Magazine that before the end of The Vampire Diaries' second season, viewers will get to meet Klaus — one of the original vampires. "We do not know anything about him other than that he's to be reckoned with and that no one's going to be safe when he gets to town," says Plec. "How he gets to town, when he gets to town, what he looks like when he gets to town — that's all part of the mystery."
But Plec isn't just being cagey. She tells us the character of Klaus keeps changing as the audition process progresses...
Because Thursdays weren't already crowded enough, guess who's joining the party?
In case you hadn't heard, American Idol is now setting up shop on Thursdays in the 8/7c hour, providing more intense competition to a time period that already includes a hit sitcom (The Big Bang Theory), a brilliant cult comedy (Community), a guilty-pleasure reality hit (Wipeout) and, resuming new episodes in a week, a guilty-pleasure supernatural hit (The Vampire Diaries).
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This is also the night that NBC is taking a considerable but necessary risk by playing to its comedy strengths and devoting the entire night to half-hour comedies....
Good news and bad news for fans of Kevin McKidd and his Grey's Anatomy doc, Owen Hunt. When the ABC series returns with a new installment on February 3, his character will barely be seen on camera. The reason: Kevin was kept plenty busy off camera directing Grey's for the first time. He took time away from editing the episode to give us a scoop-filled preview of what's in store for that and future episodes...
The CSI: Miami family has a new member! Emily Procter, who plays crime scene investigator Calleigh Duquesne, welcomed daughter Pippa in early December. It's the first child for Procter and her boyfriend, musician Paul Bryan.
A slightly tired, but excited, Procter returned to work on January 19, just in time for co-star Adam Rodriguez's directing debut...
Live with Regis and Kelly
Now that Regis Philbin has announced his retirement from Live! With Regis and Kelly, the show is starting its search to replace the TV icon after he departs this summer. We want to know who you think should replace Philbin and join co-host Kelly Ripa. Should it be Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos, or regular subs like Anderson Cooper, Jerry O'Connell or Jeff Probst? Vote in our poll after the jump...
Medium (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
After all these years, you'd have thought we'd see this coming. But after seven seasons on two networks, the series about a psychic crime solver (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) comes to an end with a far-reaching series finale that promises closure while taking a long look into the Dubois family's future. We'll miss that funky, frazzled family, but who knows that we won't be seeing them in our dreams?
Let's hope you haven't had your fill of silly love songs, because there's a colorful collection of classics — both old and new — lined up for Glee's February 8 Valentine's Day episode. "The name of the episode is 'Silly Love Songs,'" Matthew Morrison (Will) tells me. "My assignment to the kids is to have them...