American Idol took steps to keep the show from running long this week by initiating tag-team judging. Only two American Idol judges per singer commented, alternating among Randy, Kara, Paula and Simon. While the new format didn’t have the desired effect, it’s an interesting twist.
But did it work? Tuesday nights are killing me. American Idol ran late again. In an effort to catch the last minutes of that show, I had to stop taping Dancing with the Stars and, of course, missed the elimination. It’s a plot. I tell you, it’s a plot to keep you from watching more than one network per night.
Last night on American Idol was “music from the movies” night, and Quentin Tarantino was there to help the contestants learn how to turn their songs into performances. Adam Lambert went with Born to be Wild and, as usual, he lit up the stage with his very presence. Kris Allen is usually a no-brainer for me, but he fell flat with an obscure tune from the Oscar-winning Once. I’d never heard of it, and I understand Simon’s frustration with Lil Rounds. She’s better than she comes off on stage, and I don’t get it. I think she may be ousted tonight. Not a great night all around, as Matt and Danny both came off poorly.
Over on Dancing with the Stars, it was Steve-O who got the heave-ho but not before some spectacular singing and dancing. Rascal Flatts was on hand to sing a couple numbers, and Tony and Julianne performed a dance that defied gravity! She jumped straight up and landed behind him without ever bending her legs â€” seemingly impossible. We also were treated to a number from the Broadway revival of West Side Story and a kitschy Cabaret number in Pussycat Dolls style that was fun when the camera wasn’t on Carmen Electra.And then there was Fringe. Yikes. My husband has no stomach for gore on TV, but this time it was me shielding my eyes from some truly squirm-inducing scenes involving bugs and needles. I thought we were going to lose Charlie in this one, but he survived and I’m glad. I like him. We got some personal stuff between Walter and Peter, and Olivia let on that she’s not happy about Peter seeing her sister. Is that protective or jealous? I’m not sure.Still have Toddlers and Tiaras on the DVR, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. Tuesdays are way overloaded already.
Tonight On TV â€” Wednesday, April 15
Fox starts with the murder of a bride-to-be on Bones, then someone is going home on American Idol.ABC is all new with Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Lost and The Unusuals.CBS counters with reruns of New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and Criminal Minds. Then it’s a new CSI: NY, in which the detectives deal with a murder without a body.The CW gives some good advice on America’s Next Top Model, and then it’s a rerun of 90210.NBC goes with a full night of Law & Order â€” reruns across the board.
Over on cable
Younger men compete for the attention of one lovely older woman on the new TVLand series, The Cougar.
Reality TV Magazine’s Britteny Elrick says the show is from the producer of The Bachelor. Could be good.
SCI FI fills the night with Ghost Hunters adventures.It’s an Internet challenge on Food Network’s Dinner Impossible.Travel Channel has a new special called Extreme Bathrooms. Why not?
News and notable
Bravo has announced the return of several old favorites including Flipping Out, Million Dollar Listing, The Rachel Zoe Project, Top Chef and Shear Genius.New series on tap include Kell on Earth about PR guru Kelly Cutrone, American Artist (Project Runway for painters) and Design Sixx, which follows a husband and wife team known for breathing new life into abandoned buildings.NBC has officially renewed Law & Order: SVU despite the fact that neither lead has signed a new contract.It’s also unclear whether T.R. Knight will return to Grey’s Anatomy in the fall. We may have to wait until June to know if he’s on or off.
Read on for more TV tonight news
American Idol â€” Lil Rounds performs in front of the judges. CR: Michael Becker/Fox
Bones â€” Brennan (Emily Deschanel, L) helps Booth (David Boreanaz, R) adjust his goggles so he can see blood found on the ground at the crime scene. Gayne/Fox
Law & Order: SVU â€” Pictured (L-R): Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson. NBC (Photo: Justin Stephens)