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USA Network Orders 'Common Law' to Series, Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 12:30PM
Michael EalyUSA Network has picked up 'Common Law,' a new buddy cop series starring 'The Good Wife' veteran Michael Ealy.

The new hourlong series will have 11 episodes. 'Common Law' stars Ealy as Travis Marks, partner to Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), two police officers on the homicide team at the Los Angeles Police Department. In true USA Network format, these two partners have issues, and in effort to solve them, their captain sends the two to couples counseling.

Cormac and Marianne Wibberley of 'National Treasure' fame will serve as executive producers with Jon Turteltaub ('Jericho') and Craig Sweeny ('Medium').

"When CBS Television Studios sent us the script of Common Law, we immediately fell in love with the writing, the characters and the premise," USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said in statement. "We're very lucky to have the Wibberleys, Jon and Craig guiding the process on this show; and with Michael and Warren, we have two stars who bring out the best in each other."

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Jordin Sparks and Matthew Morrison Will Headline PBS' 4th of July Special

by AOL Music Staff, posted Jul 2nd 2011 5:55PM
Jordin Sparks, Matthew MorrisonFormer 'American Idol' champ Jordin Sparks and 'Glee' star and new solo act Matthew Morrison are set to headline the annual 4th of July celebration 'A Capitol Fourth,' which will air live on PBS on July 4 at 8pm EST.

Both Jordin and Morrison are opening acts supporting New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on their co-headlining NKOTBSB summer tour and their patriotic performances for the special will go down on the West Lawn of the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler Confirmed for 'American Idol' Season 11

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2011 3:20PM
Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson American IdolSteven Tyler and Randy Jackson have officially signed on for 'American Idol' Season 11, but mum's the word in regards to Jennifer Lopez's future on the Fox series.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news with Fox.

When Tyler signed on with the Fox show he signed for multiple seasons. Jackson has also made it no secret that he was sticking with the reality singing competition. Meanwhile, J.Lo has made no attempts to hide her indecision regarding a return to 'Idol.'

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Are 'American Idol' Producers Lining Up Replacements for Jennifer Lopez?

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:30AM

Jennifer Lopez recently told the BBC that she's "on the fence" about returning to 'American Idol' next season. Although many insiders have dismissed it as just a ploy to get a pay hike, 'Idol' execs are already discussing possible replacements should they not be able to entice J.Lo to return.

"Right now the star of 'American Idol' is Steven Tyler," an insider source tells Popeater. "Everyone thought after Simon announced he was leaving that [Lopez] would fill the void. How wrong were they? It's all about Steven, who's already signed on for Season 11."

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David Cook Describes How Music Helped Him Heal After His Brother's Death (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 28th 2011 2:45PM
David Cook performs 'The Last Goodbye' on 'Today'Winning 'American Idol' in 2008 was a dream come true for David Cook. It made him famous and drove his self-titled major-label debut to platinum status. But tragedy struck Cook's personal life in 2009, when he lost his older brother, Adam, to brain cancer. Cook said Tuesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that the music helped him through the ups and downs of the past few years.

"It's everything," said Cook. "This new record, especially, was more of a therapeutic outlet than I think I envisioned when we were going into the process." Cook took a year and a half to write and record the new album, 'This Loud Morning,' which was released Tuesday. He said it allowed him to delve a little deeper into some of those personal issues and to put them into the music.

Cook also played the first single from the album, a radio-friendly rocker called 'The Last Goodbye,' which was released in April.

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Liza Minnelli, 'American Idol' Needs You

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 22nd 2011 3:30PM
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli, what are you doing on the 'Today' version of 'The Voice'? A woman of your talent and celebrity should not be judging a morning show knockoff of a new hit reality show.

Nothing against Hoda and Kathie Lee -- they're awesome -- but come on. Liza's talents are needed elsewhere, like on a real reality competition.

'The Voice' has its dynamic down with Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine coaching, but there's a long-in-the-tooth singing show that needs the spunk at judges table that Liza could provide. Yes, I'm talking about 'American Idol.'

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Liv Tyler Describes Her Dad's Unique 'Steven Tyler-Ness' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 21st 2011 2:15PM

Liv Tyler on 'The View' Liv Tyler didn't meet her father, Aerosmith frontman and 'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler, until she was eight-years-old. Tuesday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Liv talked about how she was enthralled with her father after they first met, and how happy she is now to see his late-career re-invention as an 'American Idol' judge.

"I remember him talking to me," said Liv, "and I just was listening to him and I was completely mesmerized by what he was saying and I kind of got sucked into his ... Steven Tyler-ness."

Similarly, Liv felt her dad's 'American Idol' judging stint has shown America a side of him she always knew was there. "It's amazing for me to see the world kind of discovering that for the first time," she said. "It's beautiful for me to see him at this point in his life doing something completely new and different."

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Kara DioGuardi to Star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 18th 2011 12:40PM
Kara DioGuardiCurrent 'Platinum Hit' star and former 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi, who left 'Idol' last fall after two seasons on the judging panel, is getting ready to razzle-dazzle New York theater-goers on the Great White Way.

DioGuardi will join the Broadway cast of 'Chicago,' taking over the leading role of Roxie Hart from Christie Brinkley (Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe for playing the homicidal attention-hound on screen in 2002).

The 'Idol' vet's eight-week stint in the long-running hit musical begins Sept. 5. She tweeted about the thrill of her latest venture, which is also her Broadway debut: "I'm beyond excited."

DioGuardi, 40, is currently on the panel of experts of Bravo's songwriting competition, 'Platinum Hit.' Raised in the suburbs of New York City, she pursued fame as a rock star before finding success as a songwriter for pop artists.

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Scotty McCreery On Hearing Himself On the Radio and Playing the Grand Ole Opry

by The Boot Staff / Wire Services, posted Jun 15th 2011 2:15PM
Scotty McCreeryAfter being crowned the newest 'American Idol' three weeks ago, Scotty McCreery has slept just "a couple of minutes," he joked, the charming singer from Garner, N.C. signed a record deal just days later, immediately started working on his debut album, made his CMA Music Fest and Grand Ole Opry debuts, weathered some whirlwind media rounds and prepped for the Idols Live tour.

Also in that short time, the bashful baritone saw his name go down in the history books, as his debut single, 'I Love You This Big,' made the highest Billboard Hot Country Songs chart debut by a new artist since 1984. That's nine years before he was even born. Yes, all these accomplishments to his name, and Scotty McCreery is still in high school.

AOL TV's friends at The Boot caught up with the 17-year-old in Nashville during CMA Music Fest to talk about the obligations that come with winning 'Idol' and why he thinks country music prevailed on the show. They also quizzed Garner's most famous boy next door about his adoring female fans and the country icons he adores himself, one of whom he met for the first time in a somewhat embarrassing situation.

What kind of pressure comes with having won 'American Idol'?
It's a lot of pressure. Just the title of 'American Idol' is something that people can look up to. I'm not Saint Scott, I'm not Mr. Perfect but I want to be that role model. I want to go down the same road that Carrie Underwood did -- kinda separate myself from 'Idol.' Because when you think of Carrie Underwood now, you don't think "'American Idol' Season Four winner," you just think "Carrie Underwood." I want to cross that bridge. There's a lot of pressure and work that goes into it, but I'm looking forward to it.

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Jennifer Lopez Questions 'American Idol' Future

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 14th 2011 6:15PM
Jennifer Lopez American Idol returnIs Jennifer Lopez done with 'American Idol'? After her stint as a judge on 'Idol' gave her career a much needed boost, Jenny from the block is reportedly "on the fence" about returning to the show.

On whether she'll head back to the dream-making hit, Lopez told BBC Radio, "I don't know. I haven't been forced to make a decision and I'm glad about that because honestly I'm very on the fence about it."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez raked in $12 million for her run as the sweet, encourage voice among her fellow judges.

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Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Upcoming Movies, Performs on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 11:55AM
Jennifer Hudson talks about her upcoming movie roles on 'Good Morning America'It's tough to find a career more diverse than Jennifer Hudson's these days. The Oscar winner and former 'American Idol' contestant was on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) Friday for their summer concert series, but she also spoke about a couple of her upcoming movie roles, including 'Winnie' and 'The Three Stooges.'

She plays the title role in 'Winnie,' about Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife. She goes from that to filming for the Farrelly brothers' interpretation of 'The Three Stooges,' which stars Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso as Larry, Moe, and Curly. After that, she plays a drug-addicted single mom in 'Mister and Peter,' co-produced by Alicia Keys. "It's something different," said Hudson of 'Mister and Pete.' "And I like to challenge myself. I like to take it one step at a time."

She also sang the song 'Spotlight,' the debut single off of her 2008 self-titled album. Just in case you forgot she also sings.

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Haley Reinhart Reminisces About 'Idol' Judges, Performs on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 2nd 2011 1:45PM
Hayley Reinhart of 'American Idol' with Regis Philbin on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Haley Reinhart got to know Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler through several weeks of his support and critiques on 'American Idol.' Today on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Reinhart talked about the experience and got to reprise one of the songs she sang in competition.

Regis Philbin asked if Tyler scared Reinhart a little bit, trying to imitate Tyler's wide-mouthed grin. Reinhart said the judges could be critical at times, but they were just trying to push her to do better things. Tyler, in particular, was a steady supporter throughout Reinhart's time on the show. "I love the guy," said Reinhart. "He's a good guy, and I mean, we really got to see the soft, genuine side of him."

Reinhart also performed her bluesy version of "House of the Rising Sun," a traditional tune that has been recorded by Woody Guthrie, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, The Animals, and Dolly Parton.

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Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Talk Kissing, Post-'Idol' Success on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery on 'Today'No matter how much they try to deflect, 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina continue to have to answer questions about kissing each other on the show finale. At least this morning on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) they got to answer other questions, too, about how their lives might be different after their success on 'Idol.'

McCreery and Alaina appeared together on the show and were shown a photo of McCreery awkwardly kissing the side of Alaina's face. McCreery claimed he was trying to back away. Ann Curry asked them how they are staying grounded after becoming so successful so quickly. Alaina credited their faith.

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'Idol' Runner-Up Lauren Alaina Isn't Dating Scotty McCreery, But Thinks Regis Is Cute (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 1st 2011 2:45PM
Lauren Alaina on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Yesterday on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery did a little sidestepping when Regis Philbin asked him about Lauren Alaina. Today on the show, Alaina, the 'Idol' runner-up, was unequivocal that she and McCreery are not dating, which means he shouldn't be jealous that Alaina thinks Philbin is cute.

"You kissed him," Philbin said. "How did it work now? If he won, you'd kiss him, if you won, he'd kiss you." Alaina said McCreery was too shy for that sort of thing. Philbin said that was because McCreery was from North Carolina, but Alaina is from Georgia, where perhaps the girls are a bit more forward. That made Alaina laugh. "Aw, you're cute," she told Philbin.

Alaina finished up her appearance with a performance of her new single, 'Like My Mother Does.' Next week, she and McCreery will appear together at the 2011 CMT Music Awards.

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Haley Reinhart's Original Song Cut From 'American Idol' Finale for Bono

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2011 10:30AM
Haley ReinhartWhen Bono comes a-knockin', ratings come a-flockin', and not even an original song from 'Idol' fan favorite Haley Reinhart is safe.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Haley Reinhart was supposed to debut an original song during the 'American Idol' season 10 finale, but those plans were squashed to make room for Bono and the cast of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.'

"That was going to happen," Reinhart said when asked about performing an original song. "And then Bono came in and it was taken away."

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