In what was probably the least anticipated news of the year, ‘American Idol’ announced their new lineup of judges this week. Returning to the panel are Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, who joined last season. Newbie judge Harry Connick, Jr., who has appeared on the show to help coach the contestants, will be in the third seat. Randy Jackson, who just refuses to move on, will be taking over for Jimmy Iovine as the show’s mentor, and I’m kind of thankful for that. Ryan Seacrest returns as host, because we can’t get rid of him either.
Harry is a nice addition, but something tells me him and Keith will end up canceling each other out. They’re both just so darn nice and cute. I welcome the return of La Lopez and her outfits, but will she be enough to boost the sagging ratings? After the disaster of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which wasn’t as fun as it should have been, hopefully they put the focus back onto the singers and come up with some actually new and exciting ways to improve the show.
Though I mostly enjoyed it’s 6th season, I think it’s time for ‘True Blood’ to meet the true death. HBO announced on Tuesday that it’s hit vampire soap opera will end it’s run after the 7th season in 2014. “‘True Blood’ has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo in a statement. “It will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show,” he added.
Showrunner Brian Bruckner, who took over for Alan Ball, said that season 7 will “tell a simpler story,” and will go back to examining the relationships between vampires and humans. I don’t think it’s possible for this show to tell simple stories, but we’ll see what happens next Summer.
Alec Baldwin is sticking with television, this time with his own talk show. Baldwin will host ‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin’ on MSNBC on Fridays at 10/9c starting in October, the network announced on Thursday. The show will cover the week in pop culture and current events, which sounds like it’ll be a sit-down version of ‘The Soup‘ but less bawdy. But it’s Alec Baldwin, so you never know.
Alec and his wife, Hilaria, recently welcomed a baby girl, Carmen Gabriela, so with a new show and a new baby, when will Alec find the time to berate people on Twitter?
The new cast of ABC‘s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ was announced on Wednesday, and honestly, it’s pretty awesome. For it’s 17th season, the dance-competition program has it’s most diverse group of competitors yet. There is Jack Osbourne (his sister, Kelly, competed during Season 9), singer and host Christina Milian, ‘Glee”s Amber Riley, and recent Scientology defector Leah Remini. Two of the most talked about contestants are Scientist, and all around awesome dude, Bill Nye and the lovely Valerie Harper who is defying the odds to dance even though she was told she only had months to live after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
‘DWTS’ starts September 16 at 8 p.m.ET and will only be on one day each week on Mondays.