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'American Idol' Recap: The Case of Royal Mouth and 'Pants on the Ground'

January 14, 2010 06:56:25 GMT


Day two in "American Idol" audition for season 9 took place in Atlanta with Mary J. Blige sitting in as guest judge. The city that brought out Fantasia Barrino, Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson spawned 25 golden tickets including for one of its police officers.

Bryan Walker is an officer who loves his job but dreams to be a singer. He auditioned in the second leg where Simon Cowell was not present, singing "Superstar" and amazed the judges. Kara DioGuardi immediately said, "This is what I love about this job" and Randy Jackson said Walker didn't appear like a singer but was able to surprise them with his voice.

Jimmy Kimmel to Appear on 'Leno' After Mockery


January 14, 2010 04:34:07 GMT


Just a day after Jimmy Kimmel put on gray wig and prosthetic chin to mock Jay Leno on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", he accepted an invitation to guest on "The Jay Leno Show". Kimmel will be reading out Leno's "Ten at Ten" list on Thursday, January 14.

The announcement from NBC comes on the heels of Jimmy's monologue about Jay Leno's move to 11.35 P.M. and Conan O'Brien's open letter that rejects it. Kimmel as Leno said, "Hello, hello, my name is Jay Leno and I'm taking over all the shows in late night." Leno then gave Kimmel a call on Wednesday to tell him he found the comedy bit funny and extend an offer to Kimmel to appear on his show.

'House M.D.' Welcomes Back Jennifer Morrison


January 14, 2010 03:58:25 GMT


Jennifer Morrison's absence from "House M.D." is apparently short-lived. The actress is set to come back to the series after her character Cameron was written off the show because Cameron hits a blockage in the storyline when her husband Chase was involved in a medical scandal and she disapproved it.

EW's Michael Ausiello said how Cameron will jump back into the frame is still kept a secret because it involves a major storyline. One thing known to share is "You will see Cameron again on House before the end of the season," a source told Ausiello.

New Clip From 'One Tree Hill' January Return

January 14, 2010 03:24:54 GMT


Before "One Tree Hill" is back on screen after a Winter hiatus, The CW releases a sneak peek clip to reveal how some things are still not resolved. The clip focuses on Brooke and Julian trying to save their relationship after a 6-week break but things are not easy when they talk about Alex and Alexander.

The last time the couple was seen together was in the Fall episode where Brooke struggled to accept Julian's reaction when Alex underwent another crisis. Alex attempted suicide when Julian refused to come for her during a meltdown. And during the same time, Brooke got closer to Alexander, a former surfer who switches career to a young mogul.

Matt LeBlanc's 'Episodes' Gets First Preview


January 13, 2010 09:27:16 GMT


In some kind of twisted story, Matt LeBlanc is auditioning for a part to play Matt LeBlanc in new Showtime series "Episodes". The process of getting the role is captured in the first sneak peek to the comedy which may be looking at a premiere in Fall.

LeBlanc plays himself and his agent tells him to do the formality of attending the audition of a new series which will focus on him. He walks into the waiting room only to find several actors dressing like him and practicing the line "How you doin'?", a catchphrase which became his "Friends" character's trademark. In the end the casting directors say he is not the best they have auditioned.

Jennifer Aniston Not Joining Courteney Cox in 'Cougar Town'

January 13, 2010 09:10:12 GMT


Jennifer Aniston's representative has dismissed reports the actress will reunite with her "Friends" co-star Courteney Cox in the second season of her U.S. TV hit "Cougar Town". The "He's Just Not That Into You" star was alleged to have signed up to make a guest appearance on the sitcom, following in the footsteps of her former "Friends" castmate Lisa Kudrow.

A spokesman for Aniston insists the rumors are false, although he has refused to rule out the possibility in the future. The rep tells GossipCop.com, "At present there are no plans for Jennifer to be on the show. (But) never say never."

First Look at HBO's 'Treme' via Trailer

January 13, 2010 08:41:09 GMT


The first trailer of "Treme" a new drama series by HBO has been unleashed, revealing none of the human but music instruments scattered in some places. "Treme" is a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. The title is derived from a neighborhood in the city.

The men behind the series are the same persons who created the critically-acclaimed "The Wire". David Simon and Eric Overmyer teamed up once again to expose the aftermath of natural disaster in a series that would star Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters. The former actor would be an accomplished jazz trombonist while the latter would be a Mardi Gras Indian tribe leader.

Heidi Klum Takes 'Project Runway' to New York for Seventh Season

January 13, 2010 08:33:01 GMT


Heidi Klum will turn a New York street into Project Runway Avenue on Wednesday, January 13 - to mark the reality TV show's return to the Big Apple. Hosts Klum and Tim Gunn will join New York City officials at a ceremony to kickstart the forthcoming seventh season, and temporarily rename a section of 7th Avenue Project Runway Avenue.

City chiefs have also agreed to make January 13 Project Runway Day, to mark the show's contribution to the city's fashion industry. The new season begins in America on Thursday, January 14.

'True Blood' and 'Glee' Appear as GLAAD Nominees

January 13, 2010 07:41:28 GMT


In its 21st year, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation continues to award work in television that touch the issue of GLBT through its Media Awards. The nomination for the English-language category has revealed that "True Blood" and "Glee" are vying for the title as Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series respectively.

"True Blood", which upcoming season will focus a lot on Lafayette's and his same-sex romance, will battle it out with "Brothers & Sisters", "Grey's Anatomy", "Mad Men", and "Skins". Meanwhile, "Glee", which hires openly gay Chris Colfer to portray Kurt, is facing off "Greek", "Beautiful People", "Modern Family" and "United States of Tara".

Video: The Good and the Bad 'American Idol' Auditions in Boston


January 13, 2010 06:51:25 GMT


On Tuesday, January 12 "American Idol" officially kicked off the ninth season with the Boston audition. Like previous years, there were those who triumph with their pure talent and there were those who make Simon Cowell rolls his eyes. This time is no different with the presence of Maddy Curtis and Andrew Fenlon.

Maddy is a 16-year-old who is the ninth of 12 children. Her older brother has Down Syndrome and her parents adopted two more babies with the same disability. She sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" which brought Jason Castro to spotlight in season 7. Simon was very clear about Mandy not annoying and having a beautiful voice. She got through with four yeses.

ABC Renews 'Modern Family', Not Sure About 'Scrubs'


January 13, 2010 04:47:32 GMT


ABC is putting a strong faith in its Wednesday comedies line-up. The network announced during its winter Television Critics Association panel Tuesday, January 12 morning that it has renewed newbies "Modern Family", "Cougar Town" and "The Middle" for a second season. All three have performed solidly in ratings since their Fall premieres.

The Alphabet however, has no good news for "Ugly Betty" which joins the Wednesday slot and others like "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted". Nevertheless, Head of Programming Stephen McPherson revealed they hope "Ugly" would grow after it was moved from Friday, saying "We still love that show."

Conan O'Brien Rejects 12.05 A.M. Outright


January 13, 2010 04:12:51 GMT


Conan O'Brien who suffers from NBC's casualties regarding "The Jay Leno Show" schedule has taken a stance to reject being pushed to 12:05 A.M. He released a statement on Tuesday, January 12 to declare that he won't be back hosting "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" if NBC proceeds with its current plan.

NBC announced on Sunday that Conan's run on "Tonight Show" will be cut starting next month and Conan has expressed how upset he is through a letter for People of Earth. "I sincerely believe that delaying the 'Tonight Show' into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. 'The Tonight Show' at 12:05 simply isn't the 'Tonight Show'," he said.

Bachelors and Bachelorettes Live Together Under One Roof

January 13, 2010 03:26:01 GMT


A bunch of old faces from previous seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" would be brought back on screen in an all-star edition. A spin-off called "The Bachelor Pad" is brewing and will see memorable contestants living together under one roof in a "Big Brother" type of house. Still, there's a prize at stake.

Instead of mere dating show, "Bachelor Pad" will feature various challenges inspired by incidents from the past seasons. Contestants who do not stand up to the game will be eliminated at the end of each episode.

Kelly Rowland Wants to Be U.S. 'X Factor' Judge


January 13, 2010 03:13:46 GMT


Former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland is eyeing a role on Simon Cowell's talent show "The X Factor" when he takes the program to the U.S. next year, 2011. Cowell announced on Monday, January 11, that he is leaving hit series American Idol when his contract expires at the end of the ninth season, which begins in America on Tuesday night, January 12.

He also confirmed he now plans to concentrate on bringing his hit British talent show "The X Factor" to America in 2011 - and Rowland is keen to land a role on the judging panel alongside Cowell. She says, "'The X Factor' is an amazing show and Simon knows that all he has to do is call me. I love Simon because he's so honest. When I watch it, everything he says I agree with."

Simon Cowell Decided to Quit 'Idol' 30 Min Before Conference

January 12, 2010 09:44:29 GMT


Simon Cowell decided to quit "American Idol" just 30 minutes before he held a press conference to discuss his future on Monday, January 11. At the media gathering, the music mogul confirmed he'd be leaving the hit talent show when his contract expires at the end of the ninth season, which begins in America on Tuesday night.

And in his first TV interview since the midday press conference, Cowell told news show Extra he made his decision just before stepping onstage. He says, "We agreed to the deal at half past eleven this morning. It literally was as down to the wire as that." The 50 year old insists it's the right time to leave the show: "I've been doing this for nine years and it's been a blast."
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