April 4, 2016
Call the Midwife. Season 5 premiere brings the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House to 1961, a year in which we can expect the birth in Poplar of a child with severe deformities to become part of a larger story. 8 p.m. Sunday on WHYY12. American Idol. The singing contest that was once such a ratings juggernaut that other networks referred to it as the "Death Star" ends its 15-season run with a Tuesday-night retrospective, followed by a two-night finale. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday on Fox. The Americans.
January 28, 2016 |
After four - failed - auditions for American Idol , Junhow Wei got the message that he probably wasn't going to be a pop star. But Wei, who is now on the verge of getting his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to turn his rejection into something positive: a study on how Idol losers deal with bad news. Wei's own reaction the first time he was rejected - anger - was a common one, he said. But, like lots of others, he also decided to try again, a tack he considers more in line with the "meritocratic" ideal that hard work and talent can triumph over lousy odds.
January 10, 2016
When Elvis Presley died in 1977, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs famously wrote in the Village Voice: "I can guarantee you one thing: We will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis. " Bangs, who died in 1982, was more prophetic than he knew. Because, of course, Elvis is the least of things we can agree on. Depending on your point of view, Presley might be the rock-and-roll king who ignited a sexually liberating youthquake or just another culture-appropriating white guy who took the black man's mojo to the bank.
January 8, 2016 |
"AMERICAN IDOL" began its final season Wednesday night and, over the years, Americans have heard a lot of screeching, listened to a lot of judges' blather, seen a lot of people who could not sing but thought they could, found some occasional talent and voted for a few actual, potential idols. To kick off the last go-around of the popular karaoke contest, Forbes.com released one of its more creative income lists - the top-earning American Idols of 2015. And the winner is . . . Adam Lambert . With $10 million banked in 2015 (well, maybe all of it wasn't banked)
January 6, 2016 |
I have a confession to make. I used to be an American Idol devotee. Like hard-core, intense, watched every performance and results show, voted. Devoted. But like a lot of people who watched American Idol , I had my moment of disillusionment. I could no longer watch the show that was supposed to democratize the music industry but that instead just ended up churning out the same old, same old. For me, American Idol , which begins its 15th and final season at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox, lost its charm when Crystal Bowersox fell to Lee DeWyze in the ninth season.
January 4, 2016 |
The Bachelor Ben Higgins takes the lead on ABC's best game show. 8 p.m. Monday on ABC. New Girl The sweet, aging ensemble sitcom returns for an interesting season in which star Zooey Deschanel takes a maternity break and is replaced by Megan Fox. Yes, Megan Fox. This means a whole new Tuesday lineup for Fox. Brooklyn 99 starts at 8:30 p.m., Grandfathered moves to 9, and The Grinder moves to 9:30. New Girl is on at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Fox. Killing Fields Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street)
July 30, 2015 |
Practice 'American Idol' audition Plan to compete for a spot on American Idol when the show holds auditions Sunday at the Liacouras Center in Phila.? Good Day Philadelphia on Fox 29 (WTXF-TV) may be able to help: You can test your audition song for a panel of local judges on Thursday at the Fox 29 Studio at Fourth and Market Streets beginning at 9 a.m. Three finalists will perform live on Friday's edition of Good Day Philadelphia , while the winner will get to meet Idol judges Jennifer Lopez , Harry Connick Jr ., and Keith Urban . Info: http://bit.ly/1KtUrmN , or look for the "Philly Idol" logo on www.myfoxphilly.com . Macklemore: I had a relapse Seattle rapper Macklemore says 2014 was a year of very high highs and low lows: He won four Grammys for his LP The Heist but also fell back into drug use. A recovering addict, Macklemore, 32, tells Complex mag he couldn't handle the stresses of success: "The pressure and the fame - everything.
May 29, 2015
THE FIRST thing you notice about Justin Guarini is that he looks nothing like he did when he spent several months as a national obsession on the first season of "American Idol. " Gone is the halo of tight, reddish curls that crowned his boyish, clean-shaven face. Today, the 36-year-old Doylestown native sports black hair cut relatively short, a slightly scruffy black beard and a mustache (all of which give him a passing resemblance to 1950s actor Sal Mineo ). And his professional focus, at least for the time being, is no longer mainstream pop music but show tunes from such works as "Wicked" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Company," in which he is starring, tonight through June 21, at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse.
May 13, 2015 |
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania, Kanye West now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
January 29, 2015 |
Drew's parental responsibility She may be a member of the fabled Barrymore thespianic dynasty, but Drew Barrymore didn't grow up in a close-knit family. "I didn't really have parents, you know?" The former E.T.: Extra-Terrestrial ingénue tells More mag. "And, therefore, the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent. " Drew, whose parents split up before she was born, didn't really have a childhood - rather, she had a career, and by the time she was 9, she had developed serious substance-abuse problems.