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The ACM duets: Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler, Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles provide glam and glitz

There may have been better music made during the Academy of Country Music Awards — hello, Miranda Lambert; hello Martina McBride — but a pair of duets, Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Rihanna, gave the night some of its best glam and glitz. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' with host Elton John: Your opinion is desired.

Elton John is hosting Saturday Night Live this week; he’s also the musical guest.

The promos the show has released suggest an Elton fully confident he’s up for the task. OrĀ  READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais, Piers Morgan, and Simon Cowell: Why the Brits do 'rude' better than us

Ricky Gervais, as Golden Globes host, has ruffled some feathers, inside the industry and among TV viewers. With impertinent comments ranging from the true (The Tourist was simply not a well-received movie, by critics or the public) to the risky (few Americans joke about Scientology), Gervais reminded viewers once again that the British, they’re not like us. Oh, we can get taken in by the accent and that uncanny ability to speak in complete, grammatically-correct sentences, but then we get sucker-punched by the combination of impertinent tweaking and abrupt honesty that, over the pond and among themselves, English citizens commonly refer to simply as “rude,” as in, “How rude!,” followed by a delighted shriek of laughter. READ FULL STORY

Paula Abdul lost it on 'Live to Dance': Ratings update: Losing even more

Paula Abdul, once the country’s most endearingly irritating ditz on American Idol, presided over the premiere of Live to Dance on Tuesday night with a disappointing amount of calm sanity. A seemingly endless two hours of dancers ranging in age from 9 to 90, Live to Dance was constructed around her background as a dancer and choreographer.

[UPDATE: The series’ second episode sank 25% in the ratings with a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo and a third-place finish. Not good.]

What it proved to be, however, was an America’s Got Talent limited to fancy footwork; to a Dancing With the Stars without stars; a So You Think You Can Dance with … well, that’s basically what Live to Dance was: SYTYCD without Cat Deeley, but a lesser host with an accent, the toothy Andrew Gunsberg.

Early on, the crowd favorite READ FULL STORY

The Fall TV season that failed us: Are you hooked on any of the new shows?

All the new fall TV shows have premiered. Have you put season passes on your favorites yet? Have you been discussing new shows the morning after with your friends and co-workers?

I’ll bet you haven’t.

This has proven to be the least buzzed-about TV season in recent memory. Among people I talk to, within and outside of EW, not one network show has inspired passionate affection. Sure, most people who’ve seen Raising Hope agree that it’s funny. I enjoyed the pilot of Hawaii Five-O, but I can’t say I’m hooked. Ditto No Ordinary Family, which has possibilities as the show begins to balance its light and dark elements. But the one series so many READ FULL STORY

Three winners and two losers at LA's Television Critics Press Tour

Heading into the home stretch of the Television Critics Association press tour, it’s not too early to cite some winners and losers during the endless procession of network and cable press conferences. (Hint: Lost and Friends hold up well.)


Damon Lindelof At the TCA Awards ceremony, READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Here's an idea: Cancel it.

With the news that Ellen DeGeneres is leaving American Idol close on the heels of Simon Cowell, the conversation surrounding the show is all about who’ll replace who, and when. I have an alternative idea: Why not just cancel American Idol, since it’s looking more and more as though it’s going to be a hollow shell of its hollow shell?

Oh, I know, that’s READ FULL STORY

Larry King says he wants Ryan Seacrest to take his place

As a nation reeled at the news that Larry King had announced he’s stepping down from Larry King Live, King was asked by READ FULL STORY

Lee DeWyze on 'Letterman': Refuses to concede that Simon is 'a psycho'

Lee DeWyze ambled onto The Late Show with David Letterman last night, and you knew Dave was going to like this year’s American Idol winner more than he does most Idol contestants, because DeWyze READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds' season finale and Simon Cowell's exit: The night of the living dead

Criminal Minds finished out its season last night with a scenario that was creepy even by Criminal Minds standards, featuring guest star Tim Curry as a filthy, smelly killer bent on dragging down every life into which he came in contact.

Similarly, American Idol finished out its season with an equally grisly spectacle: the departure of Simon Cowell, with Idol bent on dragging down his life on the show by drowning his memory with mawkishness.

Tim Curry and Simon Cowell — two dead men walking, still able to READ FULL STORY

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