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TCA 2011: The producers of AMERICAN IDOL explain how they will improve the show in Season 10

Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, AMERICAN IDOL executive producer Nigel Lythgoe explained how the show will help its contestants this year with the new judges and new in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine. “It’s giving the right information to the contestants, so they continue with their journey as an artist,” says Lythgoe. “It’s a lot more searching for that eventual winner, rather than stopping people from getting there. In the past, we may have been accused of putting barriers against them with glib remarks, instead of helping them through the process. At the end of the […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Fox says don’t write “eulogy” for FRINGE on Fridays

Blair Brown and Joshua Jackson in FRINGE - Season Three - "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep" | ©2010 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Much has been said about the move of FRINGE to Friday nights on Fox, but at today’s Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA,  Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says, “I beg you to not write the eulogy.” “It’s a show we’re passionate about,” says Reilly. “It’s a show we’re passionate about. Friday is a troubled night. Contrary to performance we had on that night, it’s not a free night for us. We’re continually looking for the solution to the night. We were happy to see it show up on a number of top ten lists. It’s like a mini-movie […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Jennifer Lopez explains why she wanted to be an AMERICAN IDOL judge

Jennifer Lopez in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

What would provoke Jennifer Lopez to join the AMERICAN IDOL judging panel with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler in its 10th Season? How about helping others? While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Lopez admits she wanted to help up and comers. “In this business where I’ve learned a lot of things, I thought about where else I could put [this experience] to good use and help other artists,” Lopez admits. “We’re not here to break people down, we’re here to help kids move through it. At the end of the day, America is voting. We’re […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: AMERICAN IDOL judge Steven Tyler says AEROSMITH is not dead and working on new album

Steven Tyler in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, singer Steven Tyler who is a judge on this year’s AMERICAN IDOL confirmed that Aerosmith is not dead, even though he’s doing IDOL. “We’re just on a break,” he admits. “What people don’t know is we did a South American tour. We’re still rocking big time. We have one more album for Sony and we’re working on it at the end of January. We’re starting to write songs. We booked a tour for November and December. Aerosmith is so much bigger than I am. The band isn’t dead. It […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Randy Jackson says AMERICAN IDOL judging panel will be very different

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, the AMERICAN IDOL judges and executive producers spoke about what Season 10 will be like. The big question, judge Randy Jackson says, has been who of the judges (Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and himself) are going to be the mean one like former judge Simon Cowell. “I’ve heard a lot of talk of who is going to be the tough one or the mean one,” says Jackson. “You still hear that from all three of us. We give them a full read. If it’s terrible, it’s terrible.” Jackson says […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about why it loves CASTLE & it’s 4th season renewal

Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 3 | ©2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced the fourth season renewal of CASTLE and spoke about why the show has proven to be such a success. “Like THE MIDDLE, I think CASTLE is an underrated show,” says Lee. “CASTLE showed its mettle and marks the target of our brand. It’s fun, entertaining, aspirational and bright. And it’s done fantastic against real competition.” CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Two”

Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 - "Episode 2" | © 2010 Impossible Pictures

Stars: Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Kearney, Ben Mansfield, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Anton Lesser, James Bradshaw Writer: Steve Bailie Director: Mark Everest Network: BBC America Original Telecast: January 8, 2011 Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) are still readjusting to being back in the present following the events of the PRIMEVAL fourth series premiere, even though they already seemed pretty well over it last week. But never mind, they’re determined to pick up where they left off and carry on with the late Professor Cutter’s work on the anomalies. The problem is that Lester’s (Ben Miller) […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Pilot’ – Series Premiere

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott Writer: Tom Wheeler Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 In all of the recent incarnations of TV superheroes, some sort of powers have come into play. The rights to BATMAN being tied up as they are at another studio, writer Tom Wheeler has come up with a new completely human hero, the Cape, who fights crime in fictitious Palm City. Of course, the Cape wasn’t always the Cape. He started out, and remains in his heart, Vince Faraday (David Lyons), loving […]Read On »

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TV Review: BOB’S BURGERS – Season 1 – “Human Flesh” – Season Premiere

The Belchers on BOB'S BURGERS - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

Created by Loren Bouchard, BOB’S BURGERS is the latest attempt to find something new, within the familiar family comedy dynamic, but the show tries to hard to be crude and not hard enough to be funny.

This is the kind of comedy that would feel right at home on Comedy Central., but on network television, it feels dragged out and desperate.

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Clip of the Day: Jim Carrey gets freaky on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Jim Carrey and Taran Killam in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 36 | ©2011 NBC

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has always been hit and miss, but with the usually hilarious Jim Carrey hosting, one only hoped the show would have been better than it was. However, among the mediocrity, there was this deranged, short sketch that got it right.  Set in an amusement park ride, it used Carrey (and SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bill Hader) in a weird, nightmarish scenario. The sketch didn’t drag, it wasn’t redundant, it got in, and got out – with tons of laughs. Check it out below to see what we mean:

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