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Report: "Idol" dumping all 4 judges, plus Nigel Lythgoe
Lythgoe is expected to get the boot as part of a total overhaul, along with Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, according to The Wrap, which ads that Jennifer Lopez isn't in Fox's plans.
Fox picks up Andy Samberg's cop comedy, Seth MacFarlane's "Dads"
They'll join Fox's "Gavin & Stacey" remake, along with "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack." PLUS: Fox picks up dramas starring Terry O'Quinn and Greg Kinnear, plus J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" and Emma Roberts' "Delirium" rejected.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis set a record this week at “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, goes to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 making them the only duo in the history of the pop chart to land its first two singles at the top.
“Can’t Hold Love” follows “Thrift Shop,” which spent six weeks at No. 1. A third song from the pair, “Same Love,” is at No. 83 on the Hot 100). The last solo act to hit No. 1 with its first two singles was Bruno Mars in 2010-11 with “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade,” according to Billboard.
“Hold” swaps places with Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, which was No. 1 for three weeks. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rises 5-3, while Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, slips 3-4. Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” slides up 6-5.
The previously mentioned “Thrift Shop” falls 4-6, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, continues its upward climb rising 9-7. Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” rises 10-8. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” sails its way 13-9 based on the remake of the duo’s tune with Nelly.
Wrapping up the Top 10 is Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment,” featuring Christina Aguilera.
Due to events beyond my control, I missed last week's "American Idol" Top 4 Redux and had to leave the show in the very capable hands of Mr. Alan Sepinwall. For readers, I assume that was like going to a Yankees game to watch Wally Pipp play first base and getting stuck with Lou Gehrig.
So I apologize for returning.
I didn't watch last week's episode, but I'm not exactly surprised that Amber Holcomb went home.
Tonight, Angie, Candice and Kree will each be singing three times. That's a lot of performances and a lot of room for error. Click through and join the journey through Wednesday's performances...
The press day for 'Star Trek Into Darkness' took place in London last weekend, and we sent Guy Lodge to talk to the cast and to director JJ Abrams about what they've done with the sequel.
However, there's something hanging over the press for "Star Trek Into Darkness," something unavoidable, and I'm willing to bet every single time the conversation digresses, Paramount's publicists want to climb the walls out of frustration.
That's what happens, though, when your director is announced as the director of "Star Wars Episode VII" before his current film is released. Suddenly, that's the thing everyone wants to talk about.
Guy broached the subject with Abrams in the middle of the interview, and while he doesn't reveal anything about the content of the film (and certainly no one expected him to), he did talk about his approach. What he said mirrored something that Simon Kinberg recently said to me when I ran into him at the Arclight at the "Elysium" event. Kinberg is one of the writers who has been brought in to work on the spin-off films, and when we spoke, he talked a bit about how Lawrence Kasdan has been approaching every conversation about "Star Wars."
Jennifer Lopez combines with Pitbull for a generic, Redone-produced single, for promotion around "American Idol" and the summer-bound months: "On the Floor." According to Lopez, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and thus a new song is born. "Live It Up" by Jennifer Lopez, featuring Pitbull, dropped today in a haze of deja vu.
Charlize Theron's modern "Hatfields & McCoys" won't get NBC pickup
The Theron-produced modern take on the infamous feud was to star Rebecca De Mornay, Sophia Bush, Virginia Madsen and James Remar. ALSO DEAD: "The Gates" starring Ken Marino, "Brenda Forever" starring Ellie Kemper, "Joe, Joe Jane" starring Larry Wilmore and "The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives" starring Jesse L. Martin and Nicole Ari Parker. PLUS: NBC cancels "Deception."
"Biggest Loser" couple to divorce -- with a child on the way
It's over for Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson.
How "House of Cards" explains Mark Sanford's victory in South Carolina
Sanford, the former South Carolina governor who left his wife for an Argentinian woman, defeated Stephen Colbert's sister last night. And his victory could be summed up in Francis Underwood's "my people" quote.
How to fix "American Idol": Dump the producers!
It's time for Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick to make way for some new blood.
Shonda Rhimes: "Disney's primetime savior"
As broadcast viewership dwindles, the "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator has managed to come up with two must-see shows. As Forbes notes, both those shows together "pull in more than $13 million in advertising for ABC each week–just shy of $300 million a season, or about 5% of the network’s total revenue. That's not counting tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication or licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand."
Why is it taking so long for ABC Family to decide the fate of "Bunheads"?
The Amy Sherman-Palladino series has been stuck in limbo since its February season finale.
CNN, Nancy Grace caught fake split-screening a remote interview
Grace was in the same parking lot as Ashleigh Banfield, yet CNN used a split-screen.
"Facts of Life's" Mindy Cohn: I've turned down the most reality shows
Cohn catches us up on her life to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of "The Facts of Life."
Watch "Dancing's" Mark Ballas as a singer
Ballas is coming out with his first solo album.
See a preview of J.Lo's "The Fosters" drama
Teri Polo and Sherri Saum play two moms raising a multi-ethnic family.
Why don't superhero shows work on TV?
Even "Arrow," a show that tried to be ambitious, didn't succeed like its big-screen counterparts.
Funny or Die tackles "Game of Thrones" with "Gay of Thrones"
A "very offensive" take on a "Game of Thrones" recap.
Chris Farley's "SNL" character Matt Foley turns 20
The motivational speaker who lived in a van down by the river debuted 20 years ago today.
Logo's "Felt" uses puppets to re-enact couples therapy sessions
The reality show takes the sexiness out of sex.
"Top Hooker" releases its first trailer
The Animal planet reality show is about fishing, not prostitution.
"MythBusters" does a crossover with "Deadliest Catch"
Tonight's episode is "Crabtastic."
Original MTV VJs tell all in new book
Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, and Martha Quinn are making the media rounds promoting "VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave." PLUS: The best unscripted moments from '90s MTV.
"Real Housewives" star Phaedra Parks welcomes a boy
The "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star gave birth to her 2nd on early today.
I've been asked repeatedly about when I would finish my coverage of the first Film Nerd 2.0 Film Festival, an event that came together at the very last possible moment, and it's taken me this long because of other publishing obligations that have come up in the meantime. I love writing these articles, but they are among the most demanding for me because of what they deal with, and because I work very hard to capture the truth of these exchanges and these moment with my kids. There will come a time when I look back and these will be the one record of these times, and I want it to be as complete and unflinching as it can be.
One of the truths about film festivals is that whatever plan you make before one begins, you will not follow it for any of a thousand different reasons. That certainly held true with the concluding day of the Film Nerd 2.0 Summer Film Festival, which I threw for my two sons, Toshi and Allen, at the end of this year's spring break vacation from school.
Part of what complicated the weekend was Toshi's baseball schedule. He had a two hour practice on Friday night, a game on Saturday, and a game on Sunday. That's a whole lot of baseball to build a schedule around, and it had a real impact on the plans. The other part of what made it impossible to keep to our initial schedule was something I didn't really count on… my wife.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Better late and long than never? Outside concerns delayed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast until today, but
we're pretty sure it's it's one of the longest we've ever done, and previews what should be a two-podcast week next week. We review HBO's "Family Tree," preview the network upfronts, break down some recent finales and do our usual "Mad Men" analysis. WARNING: Dan drops a cuss word in the middle of the "Mad Men" segment, while we're discussing good ol' Bob Benson.
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Netflix won't let TV critics watch "Arrested Development" in advance
Is this a bad sign or has Mitch Hurwitz earned the right to be trusted?
Piers Morgan teams with Starz for '70s-set "Fleet Street"
The drama project will tackle the rise of tabloid journalism in England in the 1970s, from the perspective of an American journalist.
ABC may give "Castle" a 2-season pickup
Such a pickup would bring the ABC series to its 7th season.
"Game of Thrones'" Aiden Gillen keeps conscious of Littlefinger's mustache length
"Keep the mustache short," Gillen says of avoiding supervillain stereotypes, adding: "With Littlefinger, there's quite a lot of meticulous planning, even down to mustache length."
Australia getting its own "Bachelor"
"The Bachelor" franchise has already spawned a Canadian and British version.
"Mad Men": Where's Betty?
Betty Francis' season premiere storyline has yet to be resolved.
Another "Dexter" tease
Check out Dexter Morgan's "Masterpiece" wall.