'American Idol': Rumor mill at work
LOS ANGELES -- Fox is denying a report that "American Idol" considered coaxing "Jenny From the Block" to make a U-turn on the "American Idol" judging street.
A story from The Hollywood Reporter said a dip in ratings had producers scrambling to find a solution to bail out the long-running singing competition series: swapping Mariah Carey for former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez came to mind. A scheme that apparently was halted when Mariah Carey threatened legal action.
"This is just another ridiculous ‘Idol' judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale," a Fox spokesperson said.
"American Idol" had a seemingly solid start with the launch of its 12th season, which featured yet another new set of faces: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Carey joined longtime judge Randy Jackson. The show's premiere brought in nearly 18 million viewers.
But the 12th season would get wobbly from there, while genre competitor "The Voice" gained traction and Thursday time slot competitor "The Big Bang Theory" closing in with total viewers.
Of the new judges, Minaj has stood out with her flamboyant personality, while Carey has failed to excite viewers.
Nort Dakota news anchor fired, hired
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota news anchor whose profanity-laced television debut got him fired after one broadcast is already getting job offers.
A.J. Clemente's first stint as an anchor at KFYR-TV in Bismarck on Sunday night was also his last after he uttered two obscenities just as cameras began to roll. Clemente was fired Monday.
By Wednesday, he was making appearances on national talk shows as a bit of a celebrity. On "Live with Kelly and Michael," hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan offered Clemente a job interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the premiere of Pierce Brosnan's "Love Is All You Need." A wide-eyed Clemente agreed.
‘Mad Men' creator answers critics
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner has a message for critics of season six of the AMC hit: "Fans don't run the show."
After waiting nearly a year for this month's premiere some viewers have expressed disappointment with the new season. Speaking ahead of a "Mad Men" panel event at the Paley Media Center in Manhattan Tuesday night, Weiner likened fan reaction to the show to the arcade game Whac-A-Mole.
"There's not enough agency advertising. There's too much advertising," Weiner said of previous fan gripes. "There's not enough Betty. There's too much Betty. Who is Megan? Why isn't there more Megan?"
Weiner noted people are still watching and advised fans to "sit back and enjoy where we're going." He said he opened the season in 1968 because he believes it was one of the worst years in U.S. history, and while he remained tight-lipped about where the journey is headed he did promise it "might be a little salacious, but that's what the show is."
Viewers did learn that ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) remains tormented and brooding and is now cheating on his new wife Megan (Jessica Pare). Weiner says he believes his lead character remains redeemable despite his flaws.
"We'll have to see what the world hands him and if he's able to confront a problem that's following him around that might actually be him," he said.
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