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The Blacklist: That may be where it's headed

It was with anticipation that I watched The Blacklist, NBC's newest twisted thriller. I should have known better.

Mainstream TV tries to copycat the ground-breaking series that appear on HBO, AMC or Showtime. Unfortunately, NBC doesn't have the guts.


Last season for American Idol? Why not

This could be the last season for American Idol, simply because there doesn't seem to be enough qualified judges to get the once "can't miss" program back to relevancy.

Since Simon Cowell left three seasons ago, the judges' chairs have been more like musical chairs with twist -- no one wants to sit in them.


Girls Outshine Guys on Idol

The guys of American Idol had better be glad that five of them are guaranteed to go through until the next round, because otherwise it would a mostly-girls club.

The 12 remaining girls on Idol performed in Hollywood for the first time last night, and they thoroughly outperformed the 13 guys the previous night. According to the rules this year, five girls and five guys will advance along with three others whom the judges pick.

Just as importantly, last night the judges were more judgmental, actually telling the singers what they liked and didn’t like about their performances, a much-needed change from Tuesday night’s rose-colored commentaries.



Simon, American Idol Needs You

Where is Simon when you need him most?

And American Idol certainly needed the critically-eared Brit last night when the top 13 guys took the Hollywood stage for the first time.

It was overall an unimpressive lot, though it was collectively their first time on live television. However, the judging trio of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler gave all 13 performers six thumbs up.

They raved, gushed and admired the singers without any real judging going on at all. Since they won’t do it, we will.


Motown Week Exposes Some Early Favorites

In the first real “theme” week for American Idol, we saw some of the favorites slip between the cracks. Motown Week showed us some of what we already knew about the contestants – Scotty is a one-trick pony and Naima is a no-trick pony, but it also revealed what we had been suspecting for the last couple of weeks – Lauren is not as engaging as we once thought, and Stefano is not as good as the judges would lead you to believe.

But before we get into the contestants, can someone explain what the make-up artists were thinking when they did J-Lo’s face? The woman is beautiful, so they didn’t have to slather on pink blush and light blue eye shadow to make her look like an HKK scum.

I digress, though. Back to the singing.

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