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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, the joy of hearing a major celebrity confessing that the gig she got paid (what?) ten million clams for was "hell" -- speaking here of Mariah Carey on "American Idol."
Check out this clip from her candid -- or I presume candid -- interview with radio talk host Angie Martinez. She refers to one "satan" here, which the World Wide Web has already decided is... well, you know who.
(By the way, I thought Carey was a pretty good judge. But what do I know?)
Newsday app readers please head over to Newsday.com/tvzone for the clip.
Right on schedule, Fox laid out its mid-winter plans a little while ago, with the centerpiece -- New, Improved, Remodeled and Re-Judged "American Idol" -- getting a big four-hour block smack in the middle of January -- or Wednesday Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 to be exact. But here's the real news: The results edition will be cut to just 30 minutes next season.
Fox isn't saying exactly when results will get cut to a half-hour, but the new winter schedule release says that it will air from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for at least eight weeks this spring, so as to give that new Chrisopher Meloni comedy, "Surviving Jack," a decent lead-in at 8:30 p.m.
So good news/ bad news? I think "Idolistas" would agree -- good. Results editions have been bloated elephants for years when, really, the only thing fans want to know is whether their favoite survived. This will be a brisk 22-minute show.
Meanwhile, "Rake," the legalish drama about a rakish lawyer, starring Greg Kinnear, arrives Jan. 23 while the second season of "The Following" hits the air a couple of days earlier, on Jan. 20.
Friday, Jan. 10
9:30-10 p.m. -- "Enlisted" (series premiere)
Saturday, Jan. 11
11 p.m.-midnight -- "Animation Domination High-Def," featuring Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Golan the Insatiable
Wednesday, Jan. 15
8-10 p.m. -- "American Idol" (season premiere, Part One)
Thursday, Jan. 16
8-10 p.m. -- "American Idol" (season premiere, Part Two)
Sunday, Jan. 19
6-10 p.m. -- NFC Championship Game (Live)
10-11 p.m. -- "Rake" (series premiere, Night One)
Monday, Jan. 20
8-9 p.m. -- "Sleepy Hollow" (season finale; special time)
9-10 p.m. -- "The Following" (season premiere)
Thursday, Jan. 23
8-9 p.m. -- "American Idol" (time period premiere)
9-10 p.m. -- "Rake" (series premiere, Night Two / time period premiere)
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.”