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"American Idol" (FOX)
Wednesday, May 21
Is the 13th finale for FOX's once-invincible Death Star going to be the end of "American Idol" as we know it? Let's be clear: "American Idol" is going to be back next year. FOX isn't just gonna shrug and cancel its most watched show just because "Idol" has fallen far behind "The Voice" in the singing competition sweepstakes. However, will "Idol" be back as a two-night-a-week standard? Will Ryan Seacrest be back? Which members of the all-star judging panel will return? And will the finale, once the hottest gig in town for big-name artists looking to boost album sales, be able to attract any starpower at all after a spring that saw Wednesday performance shows cease to be a showcase for guest talent? The "Idol" finale won't be the end of an era, but it's doubtful that things will ever be the same. Oh and also, somebody will win.
- Daniel Fienberg