When it premieres Jan. 19, the new season of “American Idol” will be the most radically altered season since its debut. New rules, new judges and a new airing pattern are just some of the changes to expect.
Gone are Kara Dioguardi, Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell.
In my opinion, Dioguardi was annoying and most viewers couldn’t care less. She wasn’t the nice one or the mean one, and she rarely offered a useful critique.
I love DeGeneres dearly and attempt to catch her talk show when I can. However, she never quite jelled with the other judges. She was supposed to be the everyman judge, without musical expertise. But she always seemed too nice to be very critical, and on those rare occasions when she was, we hated her for it. After all, viewers want and expect Ellen to be funny all the time. I would have much preferred to see DeGeneres replace Ryan Seacrest as host.
The biggest loss by a country mile is Cowell. Viewers had a love/hate relationship with him and contestants hung on every word he said. He was brutally honest.
The question becomes, what will Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler bring to the mix? My guess is that with the return of executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, we will also see the return of an old formula. Look for J.Lo to be the nice Paula Abdul-type and for Tyler to be a brutally honest critic, a la Simon.
Due in part to the success of “Glee” on Tuesday nights, Fox brass have decided to change “Idol” from a Tuesday/Wednesday airing pattern to a Wednesday/Thursday one. Two other reasons for the change — Fox has long wanted to be competitive on Thursday nights. Also, it will make it a little more difficult to compare the numbers to last year and easier to explain away possible declines.
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Responding to last week’s column on the cancellation of “Medium,” Pat Burneson had this to say: “I love ‘Medium.’ I go to TV for entertainment, and to me that means well-written, well-acted fiction. I don’t need reality on TV ‘cause I’m surrounded by reality. Don’t want games unless I’m the one playing them. I’m finding less and less worth watching except ‘Boardwalk’ on HBO and ‘The Big C’ on Showtime. … I try to watch the new fall shows in hopes of finding a good one. This year’s crop yielded something called ‘Lone Star.’ I enjoyed it. It was canceled. Oh, well. Back to Netflix.”
Also responding to last week’s column, Don Heflin of Naples says his favorite anchor team is WINK’s Lois Thome and now-retired Jim McLaughlin. “Hard shoes to follow on any channel,” he writes.
On Patrick Nolan, Heflin writes that “Pat’s interview with Judge Judy was a complete surprise as to her aged look — “Good interview, however.”
Heflin had several questions for Nolan, which I have passed on and will address in a later column.
He also asks, “What are you hearing in re: Bristol ‘Pistol’ Palin winning way more than she should? Mom’s Tea Party must be stuffing the ballot box as she ain’t that great!”
If it were based on dance skill alone, I’d have to agree that Bristol should have left a long time ago. But just like “Idol,” “Dancing With The Stars” is also a popularity contest. And with Sarah Palin’s next book release on Tuesday, a reality-based series currently airing on Discovery and the daughter’s dancing, there’s no debating the popularity of the Palin family. However, when it comes to Sarah Palin, I think Barbara Bush summed it up best: “She should stay in Alaska.
Nancy McDermott writes, “Love your column! Do you have the inside scoop on when ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘White Collar’ are coming back? They’re two of our favorites to record and watch whenever.”
In April, “Burn Notice” was renewed for its fifth and sixth seasons. It’s currently in the mist of new episodes. The next one airs at 10 p.m., Thursday, on USA Network.
For the uninitiated, the series title “refers to the burn notices issued by intelligence agencies to discredit or announce the dismissal of agents or sources that are considered to have become unreliable.
When spies are ‘burned,’ their connection to an espionage organization is terminated, leaving them without access to cash or influence.” (Source: Wikipedia)
“White Collar,” returns to USA at 10 p.m. Jan. 18. It stars Matt Bomer as con-man Neal Caffrey and Tim DeKay as Special Agent Peter Burke. Although in the middle of its second season, USA has also renewed this show for a third season.
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Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist with a secret life as a couch potato. E-mail: email@example.com.