PAULA ABDUL HAS A JOB AGAIN
After weeks of rumors that went nowhere, Paula Abdul has finally signed a deal -- even though it's limited to one night. She'll host VH1 Divas on September 17. The live concert will also include performances by Kelly Clarkson, winner of American Idol's first season, and Jordin Sparks, the season six winner, the channel said. Adele, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus have also been announced as performers on the show, which will be televised from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, NY.
A REAL TALENT SCOUT TO JUDGE AUSSIE IDOL
A talent scout for Sony Music in Australia will get the job Paula Abdul was rumored to be taking -- judging on the Australian version of American Idol. Jay Dee Springbetter will be replacing fired panelist Kyle Sandilands. In an interview with the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Springbetter said, "What I do for a day job is pretty much assess talent and the one thing I've learned over the years is that you've just got to be honest with people. The industry is harsh, and sometimes you need to be harsh, but all I can do is try and give them the advantages of my experience."
VH1 KILLS BOTH REALITY SHOWS FEATURING KILLER
VH1 confirmed Monday that it will not air either one of the two reality shows on which Ryan Jenkins, the man accused of killing his ex-wife, then taking his own life, appeared. The cable network said Monday that both Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3 had been canceled. (Jenkins reportedly told friends that he had won $250,000 on Money.) It did not disclose how much of a financial hit it would sustain as a result of shelving the programs. The decision did not sit well with viewers, who vented their frustration on VH1's blogs. "OK," said one message writer, "that Ryan guy killed his wife, but it would just make the show all that more intresting [sic]." Meanwhile, in his column today (Tuesday), Chicago Sun-Times TV columnist/critic Richard Roeper takes the news media to task for referring to Jenkins as a "star" in their coverage of the murder and Jenkins's subsequent flight. "Let's be realistic," Roeper writes. "Ryan Jenkins wasn't the 'star' of anything in this world. He was a messed-up guy who filmed a couple of reality shows, only three episodes of which ever saw the light of day." But Roeper says he is not surprised that Jenkins was chosen to appear on the VH1 shows. "The worst shows in the genre seek out the trashiest, most tasteless, most narcissistic goofballs on the planet -- and then they encourage those people to act the fool while the cameras are rolling, because confrontations, meltdowns, binges and appallingly antisocial behavior often translate into a ratings bonanza."
CBS WINS EVERY HALF HOUR OF PRIMETIME MONDAY -- WITH REPEATS
Every show in its lineup Monday night was a rerun, but CBS won every half-hour of primetime nevertheless. The two top shows, Two and a Half Men, with 9.3 million viewers, and The Big Bang Theory, with 8.3 million, drew nearly twice the number of viewers as any show on any other network. CBS averaged a 4.7 rating and an 8 share for the night, representing 7.2 million viewers. NBC came in second with a 3.4/6 -- or an average of 5 million viewers. Fox placed third with a 2.8/5 -- or 4.4 million viewers, while ABC trailed with a 2.5/4 -- or 3.7 million. CBS also topped all the other networks in the much-sought-after Adults 18-49 demographic.