American Idol is back. Are you ready?
America’s #1 show returns for a two hour Atlanta audition episodes with guest judge Mary J. Blige at 8/7c on FOX. As you most likely know, Paula Abdul is no longer on the panel, and comedian Ellen Degeneres is in but you won’t see her with Simon, Kara, and Randy until Hollywood Week at the end of the month. Until then the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Chenoweth, and Shina Twain. Do I need to watch Idol? No, I am going to, Yes.
Also back tonight is Southland, the NBC semi-hit that well is no longer on NBC. TNT picked up the cancelled drama and begins airing the series beginning with Season 1, and then in March will start airing original season 2 episodes. To honor the series, 10 minutes of extra footage was added for a commercial free premiere and now that it is on cable, those bleeps are gone, and it makes for one great, exhilarting series that stars Ben McKensie, Michael Cudlitz, and a sublime Regina King.
Southland airs tonight on TNT at 10/9c.
Wow. When I came home today, I flicked on the news reel and nothing major in TV had happened, 20 minutes later. Things had erupted. First of all, the fantastic news that ABC has picked up Modern Family, Cougar Town, and The Middle for full seasons with an addition of 9 +13 all ready ordered episodes. All three laughers have made me well laugh especially Modern Family, and are performing strong for the net.
Then things went downhill from there. 10 minutes later THR.com reported that NBC has cancelled there powerful, gritty, and real crime drama Southland 2 weeks before it was due to premiere. An odd change in events for the dying network that was said not to be happy with what was happy and that is was not going to perform.
Southland was great last spring and I am sad to see it go. Back to the good news, all signs are pointing to ABC’s addictive new drama FlashForward will be picked up for a full 24 episodes need to tell its season 1 tale. ABC wants to see how it did tonight. Also, if you were wondering when a certain Lost individual was going to show up for his permanent stay, I would recommend staying for next week.
For tonight’s TV, what did you think? Is FlashForward grabbing you? Did you find Jim and Pam’s wedding on The Office as touching and iconic as I did? What other shows are you watching on this crowded Thursday?