Goodness gracious! We're back. Season 13 of "American Idol" is here and it's time to get our first look at the judging panel featuring Jennifer "Where's Steven Tyler At?" Lopez, Keith "Don't Accidentally Call Me Karl" Urban and Harry "The Savior" Connick Jr.
We're starting off with auditions from Boston and Austin, which were either selected for the premiere because the cities rhyme or because FOX likes to foreground the best audition episodes. Two years ago on "Idol," if you'll recall, I declared Phillip Phillips the "American Idol" winner during that first audition episode. And this year, with "X Factor," FOX fooled me into committing to the full season by putting Alex & Sierra into that premiere.
So if tonight's premiere is horrible, that's a wicked bad sign. If it's awesome, however, don't make any grand, sweeping pronouncements about "Idol" being back. Anything can happen!
With that in mind, for the first time since the very first season, FOX made the *full* first audition episode available to critics early. Very early. If it were awful, they would not have don't that. So I'm hopeful and that's what I'm recapping off of, so the time code is screener time code and not airing time code.
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No network executive goes through as many press conference questions/answers as CW President Mark Pedowitz.
On Wednesday (January 15), Pedowitz makes his latest TCA press tour appearance after a fall that saw the network renew all of its new shows, even if "Reign" and "Tomorrow People" are both struggling to retain their lead-ins.
Expect questions about the "Arrow" spinoff of "The Flash" as well as some other DC Comics stuff, probably.
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After missing our confab in the summer, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler returns to the TCA press tour on Wednesday (January 15) morning.
She'll probably talk about how CBS is still TV's most watched network. And we'll probably talk about "Hostages," "Intelligence" and "We Are Men." It's all a matter of perspective!
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We were never going to have troubles filling a TCA press tour panel for FX's "Justified," which started its fifth season last week, but Tuesday's (January 14) panel got an extra jolt when the network announced that next season will be the show's last.
At his executive session, John Landgraf said that the decision to end "Justified" came entirely from producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant.
Let's get down to the business of learning why...
FX's John Landgraf is an always-candid TCA press tour presence.
Normally we're happy to see him and reasonably gentle, leading to a positive tone. Will things be any different on Tuesday (January 14) morning after the somewhat bumpy FXX roll-out, including the abrupt cancellation of W. Kamau Bell's late-night show?
We'll see. Click through to see what Landgraf has to say...