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Reaper's Back Early, 90210 Moves Later, and More From the CW

The CW revised its midseason schedule just a bit today, bringing Reaper back early while putting it directly in the path of American Idol . Meanwhile, Privileged has a finale date. The big stuff: * Reaper will be back a couple of weeks earlier than originally planned, with a new premiere date of March 3. It's also switching times, moving to 8 p.m., which is noteworthy because it will put it directly up against That Which Cannot Be Defeated, American Idol. * The other part of that announcement is that 90210 will move to 9 p.m. starting March 3. It makes more sense there, I think. That also means it will be protected from Idol, which might give it a better chance at good ratings and renewal for next season. * Meanwhile, the finale of Privileged will air Feb. 24. That seems so soon! * All 13 episodes of Reaper will air in a row, ending May 26. * 90210 will basically take the month of March off. It'll be in repeats starting Feb. 17, but it will be back March 31 with eight new episodes in a row. The first-season finale is set for May 19. What do you all make of the moves? Is there more good news or bad news for Reaper? And can you believe we only have a few weeks left of Privileged? Source here

Paula Abdul's Insight into 'Idol'

" American Idol " judge Paula Abdul reveals what it's really like inside the show's audition room. "The kids and the back stories are pretty amazing," Paul says of this seasons "Idol" contestants. "You're going to get even more attached to them." ET caught up with Abdul at the Dare to Bare Your Skin challenge where she came out to support an initiative that encourages women to feel more confident in their own skin. Here she opened up about what she thought of the audition of nephew to Donny and Marie Osmond, David, as well as the audition of a former Broadway Annie star. At the event, Dr. Patricia Wexler showcased her products that leave skin radiant, even and ageless -- she's challenging Abdul and women everywhere to ditch their makeup and let their naturally gorgeous skin shine. The eighth season of "American Idol" is in full swing on Fox, airing Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Source here

Idol Top 36 Spoilers: Looking Now or Keeping It Secret?

The auditions have finally wrapped up on the eighth season of American Idol, which means it's time to go to Hollywood. As we gear up to start the eliminations, apparently the list of the top 36 contestants was leaked over the weekend. There are still a few weeks of cuts before the show goes live with the 36, so this is a pretty big spoiler alert. You can Click Here if you want to take a peek but tell us - are you looking now or keeping it secret? Source here

'NOW' CD series teams with 'American Idol' creator

Executives behind "American Idol" and the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" CD series are teaming up for a new television show they want to get on the air by late summer. The series will be a hits-driven music show that its creators hope can catch the musical zeitgeist in the manner of past programs such as "American Bandstand" and "Total Request Live." Read more ...

Idol Apologizes for Paula's "Threat"-ening Accusation in Louisville

American Idol has issued a mea culpa to the audition city of Louisville, Ky., days after Paula Abdul accused a singer of threatening the judges with bodily harm when they vetoed his trip to Hollywood. After failing to zap Simon & Co. with his take on "White Lightning," 25-year-old Mark Mudd muttered, "All right. Take care and be careful" as he began to exit the room. Paula Abdul, unfamiliar with the regional expression "Be careful," exclaimed from the dais, "What? Was that a threat? That was a threat." When Mudd tried to educate Abdul on the saying, she maintained, "That's not a normal thing to say to people." And thus concluded the fleeting, awkward moment. That is, until Idol producers revived it with an apology. "We apologize to any viewers who were offended by the misinterpretation of [Mudd's] comment to 'Be careful,'" reads their note posted to AmericanIdol.com on Thursday. "Our visits to audition cities are relatively brief and sometimes regional greetings and salutations are lost in translation. "We now know better," concluded the message, "and look forward to visiting Louisville again someday." What's your take? Was Paula's reaction a bit off the hook? Or is it understandable given the recent tragedy in which a onetime Idol wannabe took her life outside Abdul's home? Source here

TV Tonight (1/29): What's On? What's Off?

Much like Monday , a lot of regular programs are not airing tonight. In case you're curious... NBC is entirely in reruns; there are no new episodes of My Name Is Earl , Kath and Kim , The Office , 30 Rock or ER . Of course, don't forget about the all new Office following the Super Bowl on Sunday! Check your local listings as times will vary. Fox is all new, though there is no new Bones . Instead there is a special episode of American Idol (the final auditions round - if you find that exciting ) and the season premiere of Hell's Kitchen . CBS has no new Criminal Minds , however CSI and Eleventh Hour are both new. ABC has no new Ugly Betty or Grey's Anatomy , though Private Practice is new. The CW does have all new episodes tonight of both Smallville and Supernatural . Enjoy.

By the Numbers: Trust Me, House, NCIS and More - Featured

Wondering how new TNT drama Trust Me fared on Monday night? The program kinda underwhelmed, with 3.4 million viewers tuning into the show's debut. The Closer , however, returned an hour earlier on TNT with a far healthier 6.4 million viewers. In comparison, Raising the Bar premiered in September on the same network with a record-breaking 7.7 million viewers. Other Monday Highlights Fox easily won Monday night; House drew a season high with 15.6 million viewers. 24 also had a healthy 12.3 million viewers. CBS and The CW were in reruns, though The Big Bang Theory still picked up over 9 million viewers for CBS at 8. NBC came in 4th place with the conclusions of Superstars of Dance and The Last Templar . Tuesday Highlights NCIS drew its 3rd largest audience ever - 19 million viewers - all while airing against American Idol . Idol grabbed 25.2 million viewers. Fringe - with the benefit of Idol's lead-in - managed a healthy 12.1 million viewers at 9, though a rerun of The Mentalist still won the hour with 15.1 million viewers. ABC came in 4th for the night with double Scrubs (5 million viewers) and other programs which matter less. Sources: Variety , TV by the Numbers and TV Decoder

American Idol Louisville Auditions Airing Tonight 1/21/2009 at 8 PM

Take a first look at some of the contestants of American Idol Louisville auditions airing tonight airs Wednesday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:03 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Coroner Confirms Idol Hopeful Committed Suicide

A former American Idol hopeful found dead outside Paula Abdul's home last November committed suicide, a coroner in Los Angeles has confirmed. Authorities had suspected Paula Goodspeed, 30, killed herself and had been waiting for toxicology reports. Assistant Chief of Coroner Ed Winter said Goodspeed overdosed on unspecified prescription drugs, reports The Associated Press. Goodspeed did not leave a note, Winter said. Goodspeed, who had auditioned for Season 5 of Idol, had said she was a huge fan of Abdul and created life-size paintings of her. Abdul initially criticized Idol producers for putting Goodspeed on the air despite warnings that she was an obsessed fan, but the Idol judge recently backed off those claims. Source here

'Big Surprise' Awaits in 'American Idol' Top 12 Round

The eight season of " American Idol " has plenty in stores for the audience when it hits the Top 12 round. Fox's executive Mike Darnell revealed to TV Week in an interview that there will be a "big surprise" when the show gets to the Top 12, adding that it will also be controversial. He said, "We're not changing the core of the show, but it is something that will be talked about and is something I think that has some element of controversy surrounding it." While refusing to go further on what kind of surprises that awaits, Darnell reveals other details like the possibility of the show's alumna Kelly Clarkson returning to the show and the lining up of "ridiculously big" artists as mentors. He also mentioned the new concept which is to have more behind-the-scenes. "... they're going to live in a house, so if anything - if sparks fly there, we'll show some of that. We're hoping to get more of who they are more of the reality version, to be honest with you. It makes the show tick," he explained. "American Idol" will proceed with auditions round tonight (January 20) searching for talents in San Francisco, California. Source here
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