It's the most dreaded part of every American Idol cycle: the group round of Hollywood Week. The pressure cooker of group round forces the 168 remaining contestants to team up with each other, learn a song, and choreograph a routine in just one night. What almost always follows is a sleepless night of tears and a whole lot of drama. And this season lived up to that promise as well.
Some singers couldn't find groups. Some groups became frustrated by their take-charge leaders. One singer decided to swap groups in the middle of the night, and another left her teammates stranded as she decided whether she could even handle the pressure of competing on Idol.
One group did the unthinkable: They made adorable little Jacee Badeaux cry.
So, which singers made it through arguably the toughest part of the competition? Let's find out...
Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki has lassoed the starring role in NBC's reworking of Wonder Woman. In the new series pilot from David E. Kelley (Harry's Law), Palicki will play Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince), a Los Angeles-based crime fighter who leads a double life as a corporate executive.
Forest Whitaker fervently circles a grand dining-room table in a stately Pasadena home, swooping around to view the room's layout from different angles. While he's absorbing every detail, everybody else is focused on the fact that at the head of the table is an actress playing a corpse in a state of extreme decomposition.
Whitaker, who won an Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, stars as FBI special agent Sam Cooper in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the new spin-off of the wildly popular CBS series. While other actors simply want to hit their marks, he's seeking out thematic nuances and offering sharp, emotional performance variations during rehearsals — for a scene featuring a decomposing female corpse.
Now THAT is what Glee should be every week.
After last week's encouragingly strong Valentine's episode, of course last night was a letdown. Like Sam's mouth-to-face ratio, Glee's excellent-to-uneven equation is all out of whack, as well. But halfway through what ultimately turned out to be a plotless hour that did nothing but piss off a bunch of Justin Bieber fans, things took a sudden left turn into Awesome Town for what should be remembered as one of the show's greatest performances ever... as well as the one moment that almost made us forget the episode's two tacky suicide jokes and the sight of Puck in mop-top toupee.
Aml Ameen and Brittany Snow
What could possibly complicate matters in a law firm that is run out of a shoe store? A good old office romance, says Harry's Law star Brittany Snow.
"Malcolm (Aml Ameen) and I, we have a love situation, and it kind of gets [mixed] into the work," Snow told TV Guide Magazine at the Rock & Republic/Love is Louder T-shirt launch on February 15. But not everyone's excited about the new love connection. "Harry, Kathy Bates' character, isn't too fond of that happening, so there's a little bit of friction there."
On Justified, when two hillbilly thugs walk into a room with an ominous-looking bag, you know they're not toting the makings of a picnic. Anything might be inside: explosives, guns, a bear trap. For Timothy Olyphant, who stars on FX's crime drama as the low-key but deadly deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and is now a producer, the secret to the show's rich yet unhurried storytelling is how it triggers the imagination.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
"Normal people don't cut out a person's eyes," says a homicide detective turning to the FBI's "Red Cell" Behavioral Analysis Unit for help at a grisly crime scene. Depends on your definition of normal, because it's business as usual on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, an uninspired spin-off of the undistinguished (except in its degree of gruesomeness) long-running hit.
With high-powered firearms and high-flying ninja stunts, these sure aren't your daddy's sports shows. But we're betting he'd enjoy Top Shot (Tuesday, 10/9c, History Channel) and Jump City: Seattle (Tuesday, 8/7c, G4), too. Last week, History premiered Season 2 of its direct hit Top Shot, which challenges two teams of marksmen and women to pepper targets using a variety of weapons, from bows and arrows to fully automatics. "The cool factor goes through the roof whenever you bring out a Prohibition Era Tommy gun," says host (and Survivor alum) Colby Donaldson. Tonight's contest: "The teams have to maintain composure and focus while paintballs are whizzing over their heads," he says.
Over at Jump City: Seattle, however, it's the contestants themselves who are ...