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Kara DioGuardi, Jewel Headline Bravo Music Competition Series, 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' Creator Dies and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 1:00PM
Kara DioGuardiKara DioGuardi fans: don't fret, because she'll be back on TV before you know it -- this time on Bravo.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the ousted 'American Idol' judge is teaming up with Jewel for a new singer/songwriter competition series. The 10-episode series, 'Going Platinum,' will see DioGuardi as head judge and Jewel as a host/mentor of sorts.

'Going Platinum,' previously announced as 'Hitmakers,' is currently in production in Los Angeles with 12 contestants vying for a $100,000 cash prize, a publishing deal with Sony, BMI Songwriters The Writing Camp and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.

Contestants will have to write and perform songs from various genres. The judges -- including popular recording artist guest judges -- will determine the winner.

"Hit songs are the backbone of the music industry, and as a publisher, nothing excites me more than finding new songwriting talent," DioGuardi said in a statement. "I am happy to be a part of a show that helps up and coming songwriters pursue their dreams, while giving the public a look into the creative process."

In other TV news ...

Alexander Anderson Jr., the creator of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' has died at the age of 90. Anderson had been battling Alzheimer's disease prior to this death. He teamed with his friend, Jay Ward, to create the low-budget cartoons that included Dudley Do-Right. [Variety]

NBC is developing a family drama based around NASCAR. The show follows a sibling racing team in the NASCAR world. NBC is negotiating to include NASCAR so the show can use logos, names, track footage and other trademarked racing elements. [Deadline]

Melissa Rauch has been promoted to series regular on 'The Big Bang Theory.' Rauch, who plays Howard's girlfriend Bernadette, isn't contracted for every episode and may not extend after this season. [Ausiello Files]

Comedy Central has ordered a pilot based on the 2005 film 'Waiting.' The film followed workers of a local restaurant, Shenaniganz, and starred Ryan Reynolds and Justin Long. [TV Guide]

The Weather Channel is beefing up its reality programming. Look for the network to reduce the amount of live weather coverage in favor of weather-themed reality fare. [Hollywood Reporter]

Tanit Phoenix has been cast in Cinemax's first scripted series. Phoenix will play Lilith, the narrator of the anthology series 'Femme Fatales.' [Hollywood Reporter]

Joe Finley auditioned for 'America's Got Talent,' but was then busted for drug possession and declared a person of interest in his wife's death. Finely's wife was found dead in the Los Angeles hotel where auditions for the NBC series were being held. [E! Online]

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Jan

They just don't get it do they?? Kara DioGuardi was not popular and not well like by viewers of this show. So what do they do--give her her own show. It will flop.

October 27 2010 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Felicia

talk about a waste of time of television. Kara is ugly and I don't want to see her face or hear her either.

October 26 2010 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
southrange

Talk about the most stupid list of idiotic and who cares ideas. People we do not care about doing television we do not care about.

October 26 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trish

I am glad Kara is getting another opportunity. She is a talented song writer and gave constructive advice on AI. She was not treated right by the producers.

October 26 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backbackheyhey

"Tanit Phoenix has been cast in Cinemax's first scripted series" Um, don't you mean their first non-softcore porn series? Although judging from the title, that might not be right either.

October 26 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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