Will 4th Judge For ‘X Factor’ Be Paula Abdul?

By Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer NEW YORK – Taping for the new Fox singing contest “X Factor” is scheduled to start Sunday. But only three of the expected four judges have been announced. While the clock is ticking, the identity of the show’s fourth judge, though widely expected to be Paula Abdul, remains unconfirmed. […]

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Mystery for ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff: Where’d the Viewers Go?

Investigate this, Forest Whitaker: Where did one-quarter of the audience go for your new CBS series “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”? The “Criminal Minds” spinoff – in which Whitaker heads up an FBI investigative unit specializing in criminal behavior and psychological profiling – drew 9.606 million viewers in its second outing Wednesday night on CBS, according […]

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What To Watch: Wednesday

TOP PICK: ‘Mr. Sunshine‘ (9:30pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, a self-involved manager of a San Diego sports arena, the Sunshine Center, where curious mishaps and bizarre requests are nothing more than ordinary. Working alongside Ben are his boss and arena owner Crystal, attractive, powerful and highly erratic; Alice, […]

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Midseason Report Card: Kathy Bates Soars as Others Struggle

TV’s new midseason shows aren’t exactly getting off to a flying start, with one exception: “Harry’s Law.” The Kathy Bates legal drama from David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) is turning out to be much more of a hero for NBC than the title character of “The Cape,” another midseason newbie that’s […]

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With Ratings Down from Last Year, ‘Idol’ Still Clobbers Competition

The tenth-season premiere of “American Idol” on Fox crushed everything the other networks put up against it Wednesday night. But the premiere-night ratings represented a 13 percent drop from a year ago for “AI.” This year’s two-hour premiere attracted 26 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights. While that’s a great number, Fox may have expected […]

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