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'American Idol' sues Texas strip joint

FremantleMedia North America, which owns the popular TV show, has sued in federal court to stop the weekly "Stripper Idol" contest at Palazio Men's Club in Austin. The company also wants to seize Palazio's profits from the amateur stripping contest. In its lawsuit, FremantleMedia calls "Stripper Idol" a trademark violation that could mislead the public to believe that the TV show sponsors the event, The Dallas Morning News reported in Tuesday editions. Advertisements for the stripping contest use a logo with a "color scheme, design and font" similar to that of the TV show. Waitresses at the club wear T-shirts emblazoned with the logo, according to the lawsuit. Read more ...

American Idol Judge Is Engaged

The newest addition to the American Idol judging family, Kara DioGuardi, is engaged. The singer-songwriter is betrothed to former schoolteacher turned general contractor Mike McCuddy. A rep told Entertainment Tonight that the couple got "engaged on December 8th while on holiday in Mexico. No wedding date has been planned." DioGuardi's happy news comes at an exciting time in her career. Tuesday, she begins her judging stint on the season premiere of American Idol (8 pm/ET, FOX). Earlier this month, DioGuardi told "Looking at all of the contestants on the whole, I felt that the males were the strongest." "That being said, there are one or two females that I'm excited about as well. And I'm really just waiting for the show to roll and the next phase to see who's going to roll out on top," said DioGuardi. Are you excited for the new Idol season to begin? With a new judge? Source here

Midseason Mania: Least Exciting Premieres & Returns, Part 1

American Idol Returns Tuesday, January 13th at 8PM on Fox I have no argument that Idol is not still crazy popular nor that it doesn't make real careers for the winners and many runners-up, but it has just gotten so out of hand with its commercialization within the episodes, that it's just too much and it needs to be laid to rest already before it truly is two hours, two days a week of wanna-be stars singing advertising jingles on the back of a Ford pick-up... oh wait. True Beauty Airs Mondays at 10PM on ABC A) Beauty and the Geek was cute and fun, but it's been canceled for a reason. B) Beauty and the Geek looks like it was way, way better than this. C) Remember last season's Crowned all about inner (and outer) beauty? Yeah. I didn't think so. Yes, True Beauty is produced by Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher who've had plenty of success with shows right up this alley, but basically it's too straightforward and unimaginative to make any sort of splash in our midseason viewing pools. Game Show in My Head Airs Saturdays at 8PM on CBS Another one Ashton? Really? Apparently it was too late once Opportunity Knocks failed in the fall season to pull this one... that has to be why this is actually airing, right? I have to say I didn't actually watch the Game Show in My Head premiere, but did anyone and isn't that the point? And why? A) The title pretty much makes me want to denounce television entirely. B) It airs on Saturday nights. And we say a Friday slot is a death card. Sorry Ashton, but it seems these days game shows really don't hack it... unless your Howie Mandel, and even he's pushing it (note Howie Do It in Part 2 of this list). Kings Premieres Thursday, March 19th at 9PM on NBC While this one may have a bit of promise, the basic description alone probably turns many "proud" primetime viewers away: "Inspired by the biblical story of King David, this contemporary soap is about a typical small town guy who becomes involved with high society and politics and rises to the top against all odds." First, many TV watchers are immediately bored upon seeing something's based on the Bible or some other very historical reference, and second, you can't openly call something a soap opera if you want solid primetime viewership. There's something snobby about us primetime-only viewers who refuse to accept that any of the dramas we watch are soap-like because of the over-the-top outrageous silliness we stick to what it means to be a soap. Bromance Airs Mondays at 9PM on MTV If they'd done a spin-off with Brody from the reality phenomenon The Hills about two seasons ago, and it was an entirely different idea, I think it would have been a fantastic guilty MTV pleasure. But now Brody's done enough LA morphing that he's a little too annoying of a famous person for doing nothing. Plus the show idea and execution is more than awkward - dating shows are dumb and superficial enough, but what respectable and normal guy is going to go on a show to try to be friends with another guy? And what semi-famous guy is actually going to become and stay friends with the "winner?" I wondered before the show started what "challenges" they could do that wouldn't be totally stupid and really awkward, and I have a feeling even if I watched the whole season, I would still be left wondering. Continue to Part 2

Britney Spears On Top of Simon Cowell's List for 'American Idol'

Simon Cowell 'would love to see' Britney Spears on the season eight of 'American Idol', either to 'perform' or 'mentor the contestants.' Read more.

New Schedule of 'American Idol' Season Eight

Find out when 'American Idol' will air the audition rounds as well as the Hollywood week and Top 12 announcement. Read more.

'American Idol' Retracts 'Idol Gives Back', Introduces New Format

Some changes will be made in the eight season of 'American Idol', including the exclusion of the charity program and the return of 'wild card'. ['American Idol' Retracts 'Idol Gives Back', Introduces New Format Read more.

Jennifer Hudson's Brother-in-Law Arrested in Deaths of Family Members

Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has been arrested in the deaths of the Oscar-winning actress' mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. "We have obtained an arrest warrant for William Balfour," Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Monique Bond said, according to the Associated Press. "He was released to Chicago detectives." She reportedly added that he will be charged on three counts of murder. The suspect, 27, had been married to Hudson's sister Julia. He was questioned by police after the bodies of the two adults were found, but not charged with a crime. Balfour was taken into custody on parole violation, and is now awaiting formal charges in the family deaths. Balfour's arrest follows the deaths of Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, whose bodies were found Oct. 24 at Donerson's home, and 7-year-old Julian King, whose body was found several days later in an SUV. Jennifer Hudson got her start on American Idol , and later won an Academy Award for her performance in Dreamgirls. After the tragedy of her family members' deaths, she sent fans a message on her web site, thanking them for their prayers and support. read from: TvGuide

Paula Abdul's Stalker Found Dead

While fame definitely has it's upside, there's also some serious drawbacks that come with being a household name. And last night a woman who allegedly stalked Paula Abdul was found dead outside her home. According to an LAPD Van Nuys spokesperson, a woman was found dead inside a car Tuesday night in the 3800 block of Beverly Ridge Drive, mere yards from the " American Idol " judge's home. read more

Carrie Underwood Talks Hosting the CMAs, Idol and More!

During American Idol 's fourth season, Simon Cowell raised eyebrows when he predicted that Carrie Underwood would outsell any of the show's previous winners. And, lo and behold, the Oklahoma native has done just that, selling nearly 10 million albums thanks to her country-pop crossover appeal. Come November 12, she'll face her next great challenges - sweating out two nominations, performing live and soldier­ing her way through awkward banter - when she cohosts the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley. The 25-year-old superstar, who's currently on a national tour, talked to us about how she's prepping for the big day. read interview from: TvGuide

Return Dates Galore!

Wondering when some of your favorite shows are returning? Here's some recently released dates: American Idol will be returning January 13, 2009. Monk and Psych will both be returning to USA Network on Friday, January 9th. Burn Notice will be returning slightly later in the month, on January 22nd. Lost doesn't have an exact date, but is now officially confirmed as returning sometime in January 2009. Here's the newest teaser trailer . Update: January 21st! This means that Lost is moving back to Wednesdays, which I am all in favor of. Source Source 1 , Source 2
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