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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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.
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.'
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."
"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.
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.'
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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