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Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) There was Vegas swing and sway last night when the Top 5 interpreted standards popularized by the Rat Pack, the 1960s clique of cool crooners that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. All this happened sans Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, who lacked disco fever the week before and fell victim to a double gonging. Now the lasting quintet - Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - anxiously await viewers' verdicts on last night's performances, with one of them ultimately heading home. And alert the Soul Patrol: Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks returns to Idol to perform "Seven Mile Breakdown." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now that we know about Miles - he talks to dead people, his dad is Dr. Pierre Chang, etc. - we can move on to the other surviving member of the Widmore island expedition (other than pilot Frank Lapidus): Daniel Faraday, who was just alighting from the sub in 1977 as the last episode ended. It appears that the time-defying physicist has arrived just in time for Dharma's hostilities with the hostiles to heat up. In fact, don't be surprised if his presence has something to do with triggering them. * Legacy of War (10 pm/ET PBS) Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the aftermath of World War II in Europe some 60 years ago, revisits such locales as London, where he reported on its postwar rebuilding initiative; the Nuremberg courtroom where he witnessed the trials of war criminals; and Berlin, which quickly became a Cold War symbol. Along the way, he details the long-term implications of that era, from fueling the baby boom to leading to the emergent U.S. role as a superpower. * CSI: NY (10 pm/ET CBS) Edward Asner guest stars as Abraham Klein, a clockmaker who survived Auschwitz, in an emotion-charged episode that includes brutal images of the Holocaust. The mystery begins when a jewelry appraiser is murdered during a lucrative auction. The routine case suddenly gets complicated when it's discovered that the victim was both knifed and shot in the same place on his body, and that the bullet that killed him is German-made and dates back to the 1940s. * Criminal Minds (9 pm/ET CBS) Fans of the canceled drama Moonlight will be happy to see actor Alex O'Loughlin return to the network, if only for one night. O'Loughlin plays a serial killer who sends a video documenting one of his crimes to the BAU team, but it's not to taunt them - or even part of his twisted MO. The agents learn that the man is sending them a message to help him stop his murderous spree. Source Here

Analyzing Idol: Is Adam the Show's Most Unique Performer Ever?

Throughout American Idol 's final weeks, as each sing-off signs off, will be checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Justin Guarini and Kimberly Caldwell for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true. This week, Guarini shares his thoughts on who Rat-Packed a punch as they tackled jazz standards. To Read Click here .

Ratings: 9021-Oh, No! Renewed Show Hits All-Time Low - Featured

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol Rat-Packed in an audience of 22.54 million total viewers, dipping 700K week-to-week. Part 1 of NCIS ' spin-off set-up scored second with 16.32 mil, a drop of 7 percent. The Biggest Loser averaged 9.43 mil over its two-hour run, its largest audience since Feb. 3. Lagging far behind ABC's According to Jim , Reaper plunged 26 percent, to 1.82 mil. * 9 pm The Mentalist topped the hour with 16.9 million viewers, up 155 thou from its last fresh outing. Dancing with the Stars ' results show followed with14.27 mil. At 10.6 mil, Fringe was up a hair from last week. 90210 , meanwhile, sank 19 percent to hit an all-time low of 1.8 mil. That's right, 90210 got a Season 2 pick-up in February, yet Privileged is on the bubble. Join me in some head-scratching. * 10 pm Without a Trace was No. 1 with an audience of 12.35 million (down 800K), but SVU (10.5 mil, surging 16 percent) dominated in the demos. In fact, Stabler and Benson copped their best 18-49 numbers since Jan. 6, and their second-best such demos of the season. ABC's Cupid targeted 6.16 mil, down 440K and suffering significant tune-out over the hour. Source Here

Kara DioGuardi Opens Up About Eating Disorder

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi revealed for the first time her treatment for an eating disorder. "I've never spoken about this.... I had kind of a binge eating disorder where instead of dealing with my emotions, I would stuff them down with food," she told Extra. "I never threw up or starved myself." DioGuardi said she went to a treatment center to help her with her illness, which stemmed in part from insecurity. "It was definitely that excess eating to ... just stuff all the emotions down.... I really was a creative kid who didn't know she was creative and didn't have those outlets because I was always afraid to join the theater group," she explained. Later, DioGuardi's professional pursuits helped her move on from the disorder and find her niche. "The moment I started doing music, the moment I did what I loved to do in my life and committed to it, I don't have those problems anymore," she said. "I have my outlet. I have that form of expression." DioGuardi is now helping others find their outlet. The songwriter built a recording studio at Phoenix House, a Los Angeles area treatment center for young, recovering addicts. "It's really therapeutic," she said. Source Here

Another Article on Simon and Paula Considering Their Futures

Yes, yes, call this a slight non-issue, all right, but someone's got to talk about this, right? We did mention before, Simon Cowell's interview with a British tabloid about his plans to leave American Idol soon, partly because of his involvement with a couple of other reality talent shows across the pond, which is keeping him busier than he expected, it seems. Of course, folks are quick to speculate that it could be his tactic to get an advantage when his contract--which ends this year, by the way--gets renegotiated with the folks at Fox. What's a better way to increase your salary, right? Or, at the very least, it was him pandering to the Brits when he said it. Look like he's serious, though. "When I signed the latest extension on Idol through next season, it felt like that was going to be the right amount of time," he told The New York Times. "It still feels right." And he says whoever out there is saying he's just playing the cards to get the upper hand doesn't know him well. "I have as good a relationship with the people from Fox as you possibly can have," he said. "They've become friends. I don't bull them. I don't want to get bored, and I don't want the audience to get bored." To Read More Click Here .

Video: David Archuleta Singing 'Touch My Hand' at 'American Idol'

David Archuleta appeared on " American Idol " stage on April 22, singing "Touch My Hand" at the result show of the Fox's reality singing competition. He took the stage near the end of the show before Anoop Desai was eliminated. Other musical guests at the result show were Freda Payne, Thelma Houston and Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band. During the night, Freda sang a medley of several songs, which included "Band of Gold", Thelma delivered "Don't Leave Me This Way", and Harry performed "Get Down Tonight". In addition to the live appearances from those stars, the Idol stage was also glittered with a performance from the 5 remaining contestants, Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Danny Gokey, as well as 2 just-booted contestants, Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds. They were dancing and singing to Jackson Five's 1979 hit single "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". Source & Video

Jennifer Hudson Rumored Pregnant With First Child

Baby news comes from Jennifer Hudson as she reportedly is pregnant with fiance David Otunga's baby. Should the news, which is first reported by Essence magazine, is proven true, the baby will be the couple's first child. No comment has been issued by Jennifer about the pregnancy report. Her people also remain tight lipped on that matter. Having been engaged to her actor boyfriend David Otunga since last year, Jennifer Hudson previously told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson that she is planning to design her own wedding dress. "I want to design it ... Definitely classic, more traditional than anything. I want it to be nice and traditional, but very classy, very classy," said the singer-actress. She, however, didn't disclose the exact wedding date and venue. As of press time, Jennifer is headlining a tour to support her self-titled album "Jennifer Hudson". The tour will run through May 8 later this year. Source Here

Simon Says His 2010 Idol Exit Plan "Still Feels Right," while Paula Ponders Her Own Future

Simon Cowell insists he isn't simply angling for bigger bucks when he says that he intends to leave American Idol at the end of his current contract, which runs through next season. "When I signed the latest extension ... it felt like that was going to be the right amount of time," Cowell tells the New York Times. "It still feels right." Of course, many surmise that Cowell is simply seeking a more massive payday - Idol now nets him an estimated $36 million a season - when Fox inevitably invites him back to the bargaining table. But Simon insists his recent public comments are "not negotiating." "I don't want to get bored, and I don't want the audience to get bored," he says. Should Cowell actually "break up" with Ryan Seacrest, he could decide to adapt Britain's X Factor - which, unlike Idol, he owns - for the United States. Paula Abdul, whose own Idol deal expires at the end of this season, is also giving her future on TV's most popular program some thought. Despite feeling somewhat dissed when producers neglected to consult her or Randy Jackson on the addition of fourth judge Kara DioGuardio this season, Abdul seems in a positive frame of mind as she nears contract talks. "I love the show, I do," she tells ABC's Nightline, in an interview to air Thursday night. "I love what I do on the show, and I'm loving it more this season than ever." Source here

Paula Abdul "Possibly Moving On" From Idol?

Ever since the addition of Kara DioGuardi at the American Idol judges table was announced, speculation has mounted that the fourth judge's presence implies a potential Paula Abdul departure. To hear producers tell it, though, they were just looking for ways to change up the show. But in an interview on Nightline airing Thursday, the "Forever Your Girl" singer does little to dispel the myth. Coanchor Cynthia McFadden asks the petite star if she would like to stay on the show or not, and, as is her wont, Abdul doesn't really answer the question. "I love the show, I do," she says. "I love what I do on the show, and I'm loving it more this season than ever. It's taken me a while to get comfortable in my own skin with the show." Earlier in the interview, Abdul, whose contract is up at the end of this eighth season, shares that she only found out about the fourth judge on her way to the airport for the first round of auditions, and Randy Jackson learned about it around the same time. "I was surprised because Simon [Cowell] had always been against the fourth." McFadden then asks Abdul if she thinks DioGuardi will replace her. "I don't think anyone [can]," she confides. "First of all, Kara says, 'I could never replace you.' And I said, 'Whenever there is change, it's not about replacing anybody. It's about possibly moving on.' " Hmmm… In the meantime, Abdul continues her party line that she and DioGuardi have no tension between them and that she's happy for the songwriter's success. And, of course, she blabs about her feelings on her frenemy, Cowell. "He's a bully, he's a masterful bully," she says, admitting that he has the biggest ego on the show. "The first day I went to work on season one, I quit seven times…I couldn't believe that someone was actually getting away with crushing fragile kids." Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol 8 pm/ET Fox Save! Idol history was made last week when Simon and Co. used their sole judges' save on Matt Giraud, rescuing the contestant from elimination. Tonight the still-standing Matt joins his six fellow contestants to render songs from the disco genre. (Polyester leisure suits, platform shoes and an overgrowth of chest hair are permitted.) The stakes are high: Because of last week's save, two finalists will be eliminated in tomorrow night's results show. Tomorrow night also features Season 7's David Archuleta performing "A Little Too Not Over You," plus disco luminaries Harry Wayne "KC" Casey (of KC and the Sunshine Band), Thelma Houston and Freda Payne delivering a medley of genre gems. * Fringe )9:01 pm/ET Fox) With her bizarre link to John Scott's memories, Olivia's subconscious adventures are well-documented, but tonight she goes on another wild ride when, while sleeping in Boston, she dreams of a simultaneous, real-life suicide at New York City's Grand Central station. And considering tonight's episode is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning scribe of A Beautiful Mind, whatever mental mysteries await her could be the strangest ones yet. * My Boys (10:30 pm/ET TBS ) The sitcom - which lovingly tips its cap to Chicago, sports and the uneven quirks of romance and friendship - reaches the middle innings with the season's fourth episode. It gets windier in the Windy City when PJ (Jordana Spiro, who continues to be series MVP with her charm and spunk) teams up with the gang for their annual board-game contest. But Bobby throws PJ a curve when he criticizes her for being too competitive. Elsewhere, writer Stephanie turns to the boys as her research guinea pigs for an article that probes how men behave without women in their midst. * Reaper (8 pm/ET The CW ) Sam is having a devil of a time winning his soul back from you-know-who, but if Alan (Sean Patrick Thomas) can do it, then why can't he? Alan wants to relocate to the Vatican, where the sacred turf will keep him safe from Satan, and he wants Sam to help him. Sam agrees, but only if Alan comes clean about how he won back his soul. * The Phone (10 pm/ET MTV ) Take Amazing Race and combine it with The Bourne Identity, and you kind of get the idea of this intense new game show (exec produced by Justin Timberlake), which thrusts unsuspecting players in a high-stakes race for $50,000. In the premiere, four strangers are paired up after a mysterious caller informs them that a serial bomber is targeting Seattle. They'll race against time - and each other - to complete a series of missions and stop him before he strikes again. The scenarios are fictional, but the mental and physical challenges that test the players' character and morale prove to be shockingly real. Source Here