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September 2, 2014

Is Dominic Bowden the next Ryan Seacrest?

If you're like me, you're probably wondering -- who the heck is Dominic Bowden? According to internet rumors, Dominic Bowden, a reality TV host from New Zealand, is in secret negotiations with a "major US reality TV show" that "will be as big as American Idol." There is speculation that Bowden is about to take on the Ryan-Seacrest-like hosting duties of the American Idol spin-off -- The Next...

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American Idol semifinalists to record CD together

Their American Idol experience may have ended early, but being booted from season six before the Top 12 apparently did not truly signify the end of the road for semifinalists Sabrina Sloan or Sundance Head. In fact, according to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, both of them have signed a contract with Universal Motown to record a CD of duets together....

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Did Brian Dunkelman wish AIDS on Ryan Seacrest?

According to TMZ, Brian Dunkelman offended a Laugh Factory audience last week by bitterly joking during his stand-up routine, "If wishes came true Ryan Seacrest would have AIDS." As you might recall, Dunkelman was Ryan's American Idol co-host during season one. After leaving the show, Dunkelman faded into obscurity while Ryan Seacrest went on to become one of the most recognizable faces on TV. ...

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The Sitcom Room: So you think you can write?

How many times have you watched a sitcom on TV and thought, "Hey, I could do that?" Last weekend, twenty aspiring writers came together at the LAX Hilton to test that theory. The Sitcom Room, an exhausting, yet exhilarating two-day event, was the brainchild of veteran TV sitcom writer Ken Levine. To me, the event was the ultimate summer camp for aspiring writers and/or TV geeks....

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American Idol producer admits to season six mistakes

A lot of viewers thought this season's American Idol gave us the weakest, blandest pool of contestants ever. It was a complaint I heard almost daily while blogging about Idol for TV Squad. Producer Nigel Lythgoe obviously heard the same complaint, and he addressed the issue directly during the TCA Press Tour, admitting that mistakes were made....

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Hey Paula: Episode 1/Episode 2 (series premiere)

(S01E01/S01E02) Hey, have you heard? American Idol's Paula Abdul is the latest celebrity to have a reality TV show on Bravo and it's called Hey Paula. And I'm so sure that we're all going to see Paula in a brand new light after getting a peek into her private life. Or maybe not. Look, I like reading the tabloids, scanning celebrity gossip blogs, and even reading celebrity autobiographies (I just...

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Idol audition cities announced

It's time to begin searching for the next American Idol. And although we won't get a peek at any of the auditions until they air in January 2008, the first Season Seven wannabes will begin lining up outside of stadiums on July 30 in San Diego, California. "We do like to see America," executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said of the seven-city nationwide search for a superstar. Besides San Diego,...

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American Idol and Clay Aiken inspire new musical

Several American Idol alumni, such as Fantasia and Diana DeGarmo, have taken their musical talents to the Broadway stage. But now, Idolmania has actually inspired an original Off-Broadway show called Idol: The Musical. The story revolves around a group of outcasts that idolizes Clay Aiken. According to press notes, the show is described as "a satirical musical comedy that focuses on the outrageous...

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Kelly Clarkson cancels summer tour

Kelly Clarkson has held the title of the "most successful American Idol recording artist" for a very long time. But things aren't going so well for Kelly who has cancelled her summer tour due to poor ticket sales. Kelly posted the following statement on her website: "In the craziness of the music business, performing is what I look forward to doing the most, so it is really disappointing to me to...

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If the Sopranos were on network TV

I'll admit I was first "miffled" by most ambiguous ending ever in the history of series endings. But I'm beginning to come around to the the side that sees The Sopranos finale as "brilliant" rather than "lame." David Chase left us wanting more, and that's pretty awesome. Besides, according to Ken Levine, it could have been a lot worse. On his blog, Ken, a veteran sitcom writer, hilariously...

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