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News Roundup: Simon Cowell Says Justin Bieber Wants to be 'X Factor' Judge, 'Lost' Star Joins 'Justified' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 22nd 2010 2:10PM
Justin BieberDo you think your life already has enough Justin Bieber in it? Well, if you're a fan of reality competitions, brace yourselves --more Biebs might be coming your way.

According to Simon Cowell, former 'American Idol' judge and the brains behind the talent competition 'The X Factor,' Bieber has asked to be a judge on the new American version of the series. "He put himself forward to judge some of the episodes," Cowell said on 'Extra.'

The American version of 'X Factor' will launch next September, and rumors have been flying left and right about who will be on the panel. So far, Cowell has not confirmed the judging lineup, but 'Dancing With the Stars' winner and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger has been quite a popular rumor.

Additionally, Cowell told 'Extra' that one of the biggest singers in the world has approached him to appear on the series. The secret star will, in fact, appear on the series.

In other TV news ...

'Lost' veteran Jeremy Davies will join FX's 'Justified.' Look for Davies to recur as Dickie Bennett, a former high school rival and the season 2 villain to Timothy Olyphant's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. [Hollywood Reporter]

ABC is working on a sitcom about party planners. The project, 'Plan This,' is loosely based on the life of Hollywood party planner Mindy Weiss. So far the project only has a script commitment with 'Freaky Friday' writer Heather Hatch writing and executive producing. [Deadline Hollywood]

Starz is teaming with '24' creator Bob Cochran and Gerard Butler for a miniseries about real-life spy and detective Allan Pinkerton. The project would be an 8- to 10-hour limited series, a fictionalized retelling of Pinkerton's exploits. [Deadline Hollywood]

Want to become a zombie? Wait. Want to become a zombie and have a walk-on role on 'The Walking Dead'? Starting Oct. 31 and every Sunday after, AMC will reveal a secret code that viewers must enter at amcdead.com for their chance to win the cameo. [AMC]

Despite what the pope's newspaper may think, Homer Simpson is not Catholic. 'The Simpsons' producer Al Jean said despite an episode about converting to Catholicism, Homer is not Catholic. "We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," Jean said. "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays -- for even an hour." [Entertainment Weekly]

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We need some westerns on tv. There are none. I'm a woman but I still like to watch westerns. All that's on are cop shows, paranormal, hospital, etc. but no westerns. Bring it on!

December 22 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love the Simpsons, watch every episode plus reruns over and over. Where our beloved Pope got the idea Homer Simpson could ever be a devout follower of any religion is a mystery to me.

Yes, Homer does believe in God deep down and he even calls on HIM when he is in deep doo doo. Marge sees to the kids Christian values and they do attend Sunday services as shown on some episodes with Homer in tow to an obviously Cristian (Protestant) service.

For the edification of the show's producers....we Catholics ARE allowed to eat meat on Fridays NOW except during Lent and that would be a long stretch for Homer.

Besides I'm afraid Homer would be too impatient to let the holy wafer melt on his tongue during Communion and would chew it while drinking the whole cup of wine.

Homer is just fine as he is. Go Homie!!!

October 24 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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