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If you check out the below posted new season "American Idol" promotional sizzle reel -- or whatever they're calling these things nowadays -- you will be among the first people in the solar system to have seen it. Go ahead... click away...
I rather like it. This is one of those teases that tells you absolutely nothing about the new season, but offers its own loopy perspective...Read more »
Ah, "Toy Story of Terror!" has finally arrived but... this annoying question remains: What exactly is a "Toy Story of Terror!" (airing Wednesday night at 8 on WABC/7).
To be brief: It's 22 minutes of Pixar-packed special effects, famous voices, and a condensation of one great movie franchise into an original, one-time-only Halloween special that is sure to be seen by many millions, if only because this will be rebroadcast on a half a dozen Disney-owned networks from now until the end of time.
But what's truly intriguing — besides the fact that this is Pixar's first-ever TV show much as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is Disney-owned Marvel's first-ever TV series (not counting the many Marvel character-based series and movies licensed to other producers) — is that this could be the first of other holiday themed "Toy Story" specials.
Not that ABC has confirmed as much but logic would dictate that where there is one, another is sure to follow. And "Terror!" does look terrific. That is to be expected, as Pixar — run by a genius, John Lasseter — is not about to devalue a brand as beloved as "Toy Story."
Take a look at this short trailer (the gang, or some of the gang, go to a motel, and then, one by one, disappear... It's OK for little children; don't worry). The voices are familiar and well they should be: Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie.
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OK, I'm sucked in: Let's play the annual game that we play every year about this time -- who dies on the season's premiere of "Grey's Anatomy?" Or -- just shy of mortality -- who is otherwise maimed, abused, beaten, shot or electrified. Ah...electrocution. As fans are certainly aware, Dr. Webber -- James Pickens Jr. -- was electrocuted in the closing minutes last May because, in the midst of that imperfect storm that had descended upon the hospital, he had to turn on a generator, but neglected to step out of some pool of water on the floor before doing so. Hence, he was zapped, we were left with a cliffhanger, and now...the big question.
ABC yesterday shipped out this tease of a promo that indicates the patient could go either way -- but that some patient will most definitely go. Who could that be? (Recall that there were premature reports of the chief's death some seasons ago too -- except it turned out that someone else, I forget who, didn't get a sufficiently high enough raise or bugged Shonda Rhimes in some other way, thus necessitating his or her demise.) TV's preeminent hospital soap returns Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. for a 1oth season and a 200th episode sometime in early October.
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After months (and months) of speculation about TV's-still-most-important-but-fading series, "American Idol" has finally settled on a full complement of judges and a very familiar face in the role of mentor. Harry Connick Jr. has been named the third judge, joining Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Randy Jackson will take over the role as contestant mentor.
“I have always been a huge fan of 'American Idol' and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” Connick Jr. said in the statement. “And I am honored that they’ve asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective [and] to help emerging performers find their way.” The announcement also confirmed Lopez - long rumored to be rejoining, but the show, as its wont, waited until the third judge was in place before making her official too.
Last season, the 13th, averaged 17.9 million viewers — still a huge crowd but down four million from the season before. The addition of Connick Jr. does not portend, however, a radical redirection, but quite the contrary. A back to basics approach that should appeal to — as opposed to disenfranchise — the older viewers who continue to watch. "Idol's" teen base has diminished steadily and dramatically, and the new panel would seem to indicate that it's not about to return in force, ever again.
To recap: Three "Idol" judges, Jennifer Lopez, returning after a year; Keith Urban, the only holdover; Connick Jr., a familiar presence here as mentor; and Randy, as full time mentor.
Here's the quote from the boss, Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment chief:
“AMERICAN IDOL has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom and personality to do just that: Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves IDOL and whom IDOL fans love; Harry Connick, Jr., a bona fide musical genius and fantastic IDOL mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season. We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team — the heart and soul of IDOL — Ryan Seacrest returning as host.”
Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of one of the great events of the civil rights era, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and television is taking notice.
But where to turn? Here's a quick list -- straight from the networks themselves -- of what/when/who. The march itself 50 years ago was a television landmark as well -- one of the first major news events covered by Walter Cronkite...Read more »