Season 9 of AMERICAN IDOL is about to come to an end. Who will wear the crown? It’s mom and indy girl Crystal Bowersox versus former paint store guy and rocker Lee DeWyze. Everyone pretty much agrees that Crystal took the night last night, but that doesn’t always translate into a win.
Also tonight, Simon Cowell’s swan song. We say goodbye to Mr. Cowell and perhaps goodbye to IDOL. How does it come back with no Simon? That’s a question for another day. On with the show…
Ryan tells us at the top of the show that before the finale there was only a 2% difference between Crystal and Lee. VERY CLOSE.
THIS IS IT! We are down to Lee and Crystal. Both age 24, both from the Chicago auditions. Who will become the next American Idol??? Odds on favorite is Lee DeWyze. Lee was also named favored to win by Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. Will that cause Crystal’s fans to come out in force? We shall see. Now, this would be the night that my cable box goes absolutely haywire so I’m not sure it will make it through the whole show, but I’m gonna try.
Tonight the IDOL are singing their favorite song from the competition, a song chosen by IDOL EP Simon Fuller and lastly the song they will release if they win. Those are usually cheesy horrible songs that nobody likes (or remembers). So on with the show.
Crystal won the coin toss and she chose to go second, so Lee kicks things off tonight.
Who has the Monday blahs?! I don’t! I finally watched the last 11 hours of 24 yesterday, so I’m all caught up and ready for tonight. Jack’s gone off the deep end and no way does it end well for him tonight. But can we really name a season where the day ended well? Sure there was one season where he actually did get to walk off into the sunset. I’m not sure how I feel about Season 8, it’s been Ok, I really like Freddie, hated Dana, Chloe is Chloe bringing back Logan just seemed stupid and the writers really had run out of ideas I mean they used the same 24 gimmicks this year that they do every year and it’s just kind of tired now. So I’m glad the show is being put out of it’s misery tonight. Unlike Law and Order the folks at Fox is giving this once great show a good send off.
I’ve always been a big fan of Law and Order: SVU and Criminal Intent, but I never watched Law and Order proper until I went on a set visit last fall. Now I watch it almost every day on TNTHD. I think the way NBC handled the cancellation is criminal. The show only needed one more season to finally break the Gunsmoke record and baring that they should have given the producers enough time to really plan a proper send off for a show that has lasted 20 years. It’s especially galling when you know it’s only being replaced by another Law and Order! Instead the network is barely promoting the fact that tonight’s season finale is now the series finale. I fully expect Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) to die tonight – probably not from the cancer.
Wednesday night get pumped-up with the cheerleader drama “Hellcats”. Then on Thursday nights, get ready to delve into the new action-packed drama “Nikita.”
On Thursday, May 20th 2010, Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW Network, unveiled the schedule for the CW’s 2010-2011 season at a presentation for advertisers, affiliates and national media in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, where singer Katy Perry rocked the house to open the show.
“After just four short years as a network, The CW will premiere our strongest schedule ever this fall, with a combination of hit shows and exciting new series giving us all-original programming five nights a week for the first time. We’ve been growing this network one hit at a time and we’re poised for a great 2010-11 season.” Dawn Ostroff told the audience.
“This year ‘The Vampire Diaries’ was a smash out of the box for us, and another freshman show, ‘Life Unexpected,’ also opened strong and began building an intense, loyal following. On the heels of breaking ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘90210’ the last two seasons and the enduring popularity of ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ we had more strong program development and believe we have the goods once again with ‘Nikita’ and ‘Hellcats,’ two shows that are fun, fast and loud, and will enable us to make noise in the marketplace this fall,” Ostroff said of the two newest additions to the CW Network line up.
Last night was, without a doubt, Lee DeWyze’s night. Both of his performances were just spectacular. He proved he is in this competition to win it. His rivals, favorite Crystal Bowersox and some guy named Casey James. I refer to Casey that was because last night he was out of his league. He simply should not have made it this far in the competition, so I expect him to go home tonight. On with tonight’s show. I suspect we’ll see more of their hometown visits and, unfortunately for us, Justin Bieber is performing. On with the show… AFTER THE JUMP.
We are down to the final three! Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James. All three IDOL finalists spent last weekend in their hometowns being praised. Tonight, it’s time to be judged once again. Only two will make it to next week’s big finale in the Nokia Theater. And only one can become the next American Idol. Tonight, each will sing two songs. One song they will have chosen for themselves, the other is picked by the judges. How will they do? Let’s get on with the show!
As you all know Eclipse is part of NBC’s Digital Network, so we got the official word today of their fall line-up, complete with video previews. Hit the break to see what’s in store for this fall. Let me go on record as saying I don’t get why NBC would screw over Law & Order just to replace it with ANOTHER Law & Order! I’ll admit SVU and CI were my L&Os until I went on the set visit last fall – before that, I’d never watched a single minute of the show, but now thanks to TNTHD reruns I’m hooked. I mean come on, they could have given them a 13 episode order just to break the record and then replaced it with that cheap Law & Order Spin Off.
Actress Danneel Harris (bottom left) is having a very good month of May. It started out with the stunning 31 year old actress being once again included in the Maxim Hot 100 List, this time coming in at #72 on the Hot List. This weekend she had her new NBC pilot series, Friends With Benefits picked up for the regular fall TV schedule and she attended a wedding–her own.
Harris, who recently appeared in the highly successful film, The Back Up Plan, stars in the half hour single camera comedy Friends With Benefits as Dr. Sara Maxwell. Maxwell is a single woman who is just looking for a man to settle down with and raise a family.
While her character will be looking for “Mr. Right” in Friends With Benefits, Danneel Harris has apparently already found her’s. She wed Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles in Dallas, TX this weekend. Harris and Ackles dated for three years before he proposed to her last October.
“Friends With Benefits”, whose storyline revolves around a group of twenty-something singles as they navigate the difficult, and often confusing, world of dating, was developed for television by Emmy winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind). The series also stars Ryan Hanson as Ben Weymouth, a man who is on the hunt for the perfect woman who meets his unique set of standards, Ian Reed Kesler as the womanizing Hoon and Jessica Lucas as straight shooter Riley who are all distracted with their own dating trials and tribulations.
NBC released a statement that the role of the character Aaron, who is a romantic at heart and doesn’t approve of the “friends with benefits” choice between Sara and Ben, who was played in pilot by Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), is being recast. No reason was given for the casting change or who will take over the role. This is not the first time that this series has undergone a casting change. Before the pilot went into production back in April, actor Patrick J. Adams was replaced by Ryan Hanson.
**Update** – NBC has released information stating that Ian Reed Kesler has been let go from this project as well and they are in the process of recasting the role of Hoon. They also stated that Friends With Benefits will now be a mid season replacement show and not scheduled for the fall line up.
Burt Reynolds, best known for playing loveable scoundrels like Bandit in the 1977 homage to the CB/ Trucker craze “Smokey and the Bandit”, will guest star as a former CIA operative who gives Jeffrey Donovan’s character Michael Westen a glimpse into his own future on the upcoming 4th season of USA’s spy drama, “Burn Notice.”
The still handsome 74 year old actor is no stranger to working on television.Reynolds began his acting career in a guest starring role in the 1959 cop drama “The M Squad” and from 1962 to 1965 Reynolds played Quint Asper, Dodge City’s half American Indian blacksmith on the long running western series “Gunsmoke”. The rugged action made a successful transition to the big screen and became a true silver screen standout in the tough-guy role of Lewis Medlock in John Boorman’s 1972 backwoods shocker, Deliverance.
“Burn Notice” is a sexy, action-packed original series starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy. After coming face to face with the group of people that burned him, Michael must figure out his next move. All while staying ahead of anyone else that may have him in their crosshairs. In the meantime, he continues to use his unique skills and training to help people in desperate need of assistance. The series also stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.
Burn Notice returns to USA Network for it’s 4th season on Thursday June 4th at 9PM EST.