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American Idol rocks the top 13

Every Dancing with the Stars season I ask, ‘do I want to spend three hours of my TV viewing week on Dancing with the Stars?’ Every season the answer comes back — yes!

Particularly leery about this season since there were stars of little interest to me, but after only one Dancing with the Stars episode, I am totally hooked. Check out my full recap right here.

Last night was also the premiere of the new ABC series Castle. Overall, I enjoyed the hour but I have some reservations going forward. Nathan Fillion plays a mystery writer who kills off his most famed character in hopes of finding something fresh and new to write about. Easier said than done. Luck for him, someone has started murdering people right out of the pages of his books. The police pull him in for questioning and this leads to an uneasy partnership with the lead detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic).

Fillion is extremely charming despite his annoying habits and I’ll do as I please attitude but he needs to be toned down a touch going forward. I’m less fond of Katic’s detective Beckett, though she could grow on me if she’s toned down a notch, as well. Right now, she’s a bit too flustered by Castle and the fact that he keeps pointing out things she should have noticed could get old fast.

The supporting cast is excellent. Susan Sullivan as Castle’s free-spirited mother, Molly Quinn as his studious daughter Alexis, and I like the two detectives that work with Beckett. I also love the look of the show, very warm and interesting. It’s an updated version of an old cozy murder mystery and I like that. I’m on board for next week at the very least.

But now let’s see what’s on tonight! American Idol for one!

Your American Idol top 13

Tonight On TV — Tuesday, March 10

Fox should easily rule the night when the top 13 take the stage on American Idol. Don’t miss our entire American Idol coverage including interviews with the American Idol contestants, past and present. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite here.

ABC has a new Homeland Security USA, followed by repeats of Scrubs, and then a new Primetime: What Would You Do? 

CBS is all reruns: NCIS, The Mentalist, Without a Trace. Is the American Idol avoidance already beginning?

The CW has a new episode of Reaper (check out our still below!) followed by a repeat of 90210.

NBC goes with Biggest Loser: Couples and a rerun of Law and Order: SVU.

Over on cable

The Real Housewives of New York City is new on Bravo.

The chefs must work with mac and cheese and cola on Food Network’s Chopped.

It’s a full night of weddings on WE with Platinum Weddings and Disney’s Dream Weddings at 10:00.

Trust Me is new on TNT and SCI FI Channel pulls the wraps off a new series that has contestants vying for the title of top video gamer — it’s WCG Ultimate Gamer at 10:00.

News and notable

TLC has ordered a pilot for Little People: Just Married. The couple was on Oprah yesterday!

SOAPnet is in development of a reality show that has celebrity mom and daughter couples visiting a therapist to sort out their issues.

Reaper is new tonight on the CW

Stop the presses. I mean stop The Power Rangers. This long running children’s series has reportedly ceased producing new episodes. It’s a sad, sad day.

Mariska Hargitay is going to be sidelined longer than expected due to a collapse lung. The story was reported weeks ago with reps saying it wasn’t a big deal. Now she’s undergoing a second surgery and will be unable to work for several weeks. Incredibly, producers say she’ll only be absent from one episode of Law & Order: SVU as a result. We wish her well.

For you puppy fans, Dogtown returns to National Geographic Channel on March 20. The series follows teams as they rescue dogs from some very unusual and very horrendous situations while other dogs are treated for a variety of issues at the Dogtown vet center. Hopeful and sad, all at the same time.

Photo credit:
American Idol: Top 13 — Bottom Row L-R: Megan Joy Corkrey, Jasmine Murray, Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Kris Allen and Michael Sarver. Middle Row L-R: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Jorge Nunez. Top Row L-R: Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai and Scott MacIntyre. CR: Michael Becker / FOX
Reaper: Dirty Sexy Mongol — Ray Wise as the Devil. Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW

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