Fox has now released the schedule for the ninth season of American Idol. They have however made some changes to the show. Returning will be the old format of 24 semifinalists, while the Wild Card round is being eliminated.
The ninth season is set to premiere over the course of two consecutive nights with a two-hour broadcast on Tuesday, January 12 and a 75-minute broadcast on Wednesday, January 13, both beginning at 8pm ET.
Not returning for the 9th season is judge Paula Abdul, who abruptly quit because she was reportedly not happy with the amount of money offered to her. Replacing Paula in the season’s auditions will be a series of guest judges which includes: Victoria Beckham (Denver and Boston), Mary J. Blige (Atlanta), Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris (Dallas), Kristin Chenoweth (Orlando), Shania Twain (Chicago), and Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne (Los Angeles).
The Upcoming schedule for the 9th season is below -
Tuesday, Jan. 12: Boston Auditions
Wednesday, Jan. 13: Atlanta Auditions
Tuesday, Jan. 19: Chicago Auditions
Wednesday, Jan. 20 Orlando Auditions Episode
Tuesday, Jan. 26: Dallas Auditions
Wednesday, Jan. 27: Los Angeles Auditions
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Denver Auditions
Wednesday, Feb. 3: “The Road to Hollywood” Auditions (Ellen DeGeneres debuts)
Tuesday, Feb. 9: Hollywood Round, Part 1
Wednesday, Feb. 10: Hollywood Round, Part 2
Tuesday, Feb. 16: Hollywood Round, Part 3
Wednesday, Feb. 17: Hollywood Round, Part 4 (Semifinalists Announced)
Tuesday, Feb. 23: Top 12 Women Perform
Wednesday, Feb. 24: Top 12 Men Perform
Thursday, Feb. 25: First Results Show
Tuesday, March 2: Top 10 Women Perform
Wednesday, March 3: Top 10 Men Perform
Thursday, March 4: Results Show
Tuesday, March 9: Top 8 Women Perform
Wednesday, March 10: Top 8 Men Perform
Thursday, March 11: Results Show (Finalists revealed)
New Jersey lawmakers are the latest group to get on the anti Jersey Shore bandwagon.
The AP is reporting that the the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus, sent a letter to the president of Viacom, MTV’s parent company on Tuesday. Caucus chairman Joseph Vitale is asking that the show be immediately taken off the air.
The group believes the show promotes derogatory ethnic stereotypes and is “wildly offensive.” The NJ lawmakers are also asking advertisers to boycott the show. As of Wednesday, MTV has yet to issue a response.
In other news, we reported previously that Italian actress Alyssa Milano was not a big fan on the show. In the hilarious Funny or Die clip below, the actress can be seeing portraying castmember Nicole aka Snooki, in a parody of the popular Dove beauty commercial. The clip is below -
Jersey Shore cast members Mike The Situation, Snooki, and DJ Paulie Dialogue also get in on the fun in their own parody video.
Frank Curtin, husband of Lynne Curtin of the Real Housewives of Orange County, has a perfectly good reason for skipping out on his mandatory court date in an Orange County courthouse Tuesday for a $1.2 million judgment they were ordered to pay to a former business partner.. He sort of forgot.
In a new interview with RadarOnline, Frank attempts to explain what happened. “I just sort of forgot to go because of the Christmas season,”said Frank who is planning to set a new appointment on Wednesday.
And though a bench warrant (a form of arrest warrant) was issued for the couple on Tuesday, don’t expect to see them in handcuffs anytime soon. “A bench warrant was issued on December 21st,” a court source tells Radar. “But it’s on hold until January 27th. As long as they show up at court by that date there will be no live warrant for them. If they don’t show by then then the warrant will be active and they will be arrested.”
Frank does acknowledge that this has been a very tough year for him, “My business all went south and I have been trying to work my way out of it. In the last 4 years I have lost everything, and I went through some really hard times.” He continues, “This has been the worst year of my life.”
Frank goes on to defend Lynne, saying the lawsuit had nothing to do with her, and she should have never been named in the lawsuit. “I don’t want her to get hurt,” Frank said about Lynne, “I feel bad for her.”
Kate Gosselin might be one step closer to having to work a regular 9 – 5, as RadarOnline is reporting she has been axed from a new TV show that she shot a pilot for because the executives thought she was too controversial.
Kate shot the pilot for the show back in September. She was to be one of the several hosts for the Momlogic TV pilot. She joined Food Network star Paula Deen, Lee Woodruff and former Early Show co-host Rene Syler. The show, which has been described as The View for working moms (umm isn’t The View for working moms as well?), is said to be on life support and will likely be canceled all together.
It is however still on schedule to be sold at the convention where TV shows are pitched, but an insider said there is little chance it will make it. A source close to the situation told Radar that the high-level executives believed Kate was too controversial for the show and didn’t think she was ready for a full-time hosting job, even as part of a panel.
This unfortunately does not mark the end of Kate on television. As we reported earlier, TLC is developing a show for her, that should debut sometime in the spring. The concept of the show has yet to be made public, but TLC is reportedly very committed to the new show.
Watching an episode of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club gives you a better understanding of why we live in such a messy world today. This season of Bad Girls Club has definitely been the baddest one to date. It is been filled with none stop drama and we have already seen 2 major fights as well as one of the girls get sent home. Did I mention we’re only 4 episodes in?
Ratings have soared this season. A MediaWeek report shows The Dec. 15 episode scared up 1.42 million total viewers, making it the most-watched nonfinale telecast in Oxygen’s 10-year history. One person to thank for that is the very loud drama queen known as Natalie Nunn. Natalie aka I RUN LA, perhaps the most controversial bad girl in the show’s history, has managed to piss off of all her castmates with her loud and crazy antics.
She hit fellow housemate Kendra in the face in an earlier episode. Kendra –who for some reason feels to need to kiss up to Natalie in order to “network” in LA — managed to forgive Natalie and allowed her to stay. It however seems Natalie took things a step too far when she decided to bring up Portia Beaman‘s daughter during an arguement from last night’s episode. Portia didn’t take too well to her daughter’s name being thrown in the mix, and ended up attacking Natalie, repeatedly punching her. Portia was of course sent home.
Portia had the following to say in her Oxygen blog -
“Here’s how the fight started between me and Natalie. She lied about me not knowing who my daughter’s father was and she tried to degrade me as a parent! I’m a tyrant when it comes to my daughter, I’m really protective over her! She is all that I have in this world and I cherish every moment I have with her so, Natalie even mentioning my daughter out of her filthy mouth set me off! I don’t regret my actions at all.”
Natalie had this to say on her blog -
I would never judge Portia based on her mother skills or care about how she raises her child if she didn’t for no reason when she was drunk call me a “cheap ho”. The problem was Portia wanted to put people down based on what information she had on someone but never thought to look in the mirror and evaluate her own situation. So when I put Portia down, it was not to talk about her innocent daughter or Portia as a mother. It was to let Portia know you shouldn’t throw rocks in a glass house, sweetheart. Because while she was having babies and not knowing who the father was and struggling to be a single parent and calling me a “cheap ho”, I was graduating from one of the top 10 colleges in America. Fight ON Portia muahhhh….
This season of BGC has definitely been a crazy one all thanks to Natalie. As insane as she is, she definitely makes the show very entertaining to watch. Portia was actually becoming my favorite houseguest so it was a bit sad to see her leave. Natalie definitely took things too far by mentioning Portia’s daughter, I will say however that Portia did take some low blows in some of the things she said to Natalie. It’s interesting to see the surprise in Natalie every time she realizes the other housemates don’t like her.
Kendra has been a bit sad to watch this season. It’s very obvious she kisses up to Natalie in hopes of gaining connections and living the “good life” in LA, but umm will someone let her know Natalie herself is barely connected and all her “I RUN LA” rants are simply just rants as well as major delusions of grandeur. As for the other houseguests, Flo overreacted when she snapped during last week’s episode, Annie is not a “bad girl,” not sure why she’s on the show, Amber & Kate both seem okay so far.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE AND THIS SEASON OF BAD GIRLS CLUB?
According to TMZ, Lynne and Frank were supposed to appear in a California courtroom yesterday to answer questions relating to a $1.2 million judgment they were ordered to pay to a former business partner. The couple completely bailed on the proceedings by failing to show up.
This led to the Judge issuing a bench warrant for the Curtins, meaning they can both be arrested at any given time. The Curtins seem to be having a bad year as they were also evicted from their rented home back in August for owing over $10,000 in back rent.
Though Bravo has continuously said the couple has simply been auditioning to be on the show, we previously reported that they have been filming for months with the other cast members. In simple terms, it would be pretty impossible to axe the Salahis out of the show at this point, and still have a show. Removing them from the show would likely mean having to begin filming all over again.
A new report now reveals that NBC Universal, the parent company of Bravo, has been polling consumers about perceptions of the infamous couple, who have been the subject of negative publicity since crashing President Obama’s first state dinner Nov. 24. It seems NBCU is trying to gauge consumer perceptions of the couple. The questions being asked include What are the first words that pop into your head when you think of the White House Gate Crashers story? and How did you feel about the amount and type of coverage the White House Gate Crashers story has received?
A previous report also revealed thatAndy Cohen, host and Senior Vice president of Original Programming of Bravo, and other Bravo execs were having 2nd thoughts, and wanted the Salahis removed from the show.
The Salahis are currently the subject of a federal investigation. A Congressional committee voted to subpoena the couple for a Janaury 20 hearing on Capitol Hill. Their lawyer has however said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Bravo began developing The Real Housewives of D.C. in May and officially ordered the fifth edition of its Real Housewives franchise in October. No word yet on whether or not the Salahis will be coming to a Bravo channel near you soon.
TELL US – SHOULD BRAVO AXE THE SALAHIS FROM THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DC?
The third season of The Real Housewives of NYC has yet to air, but judging from the recent events that have taken place in past months, it’s safe to say this will be a drama filled season.
“The minute I can, I will call you and give you all the dirt,” says housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon in a recent interview. “I promise I will give you everything. I’m going to be much more talkative in the press this season than I was last season.”
When asked if she had gotten her fellow housewife Bethenny Frankel — who is four months pregnant — a baby gift, Kelly said “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, they’re friends.’ ” Kelly explains, “No, we’re just on a TV show together. So it’s not appropriate for me to give her a gift.” (Kelly also says she doesn’t like giving baby gifts until the baby is born.)
So much for the alleged truce that had been called between the two, as they constantly feuded during the last season. Kelly is also working on repairing her tarnished reputation which she feels has been unfairly trashed on- and off-camera. She however insists that has nothing to do with her recent charity work, as she and Jill Zarin helped serve meals at the Food Bank’s soup kitchen in NYC.