News Briefs: Jennifer Lopez is Maybe Leaving American Idol

By Tim Surette

May 17, 2012


... I know we talked a little bit about this yesterday when it was rumored to be happening, but now it's REALLY maybe going to happen. Jennifer Lopez is reportedly leaving the judges' table at American Idol because she's too busy and wants to spend more time with her kids. Or because she wants to play hardball with Fox and get a raise. She made $20 million last season. It's tough being Jennifer Lopez. [E! Online]


... TBS and TNT have announced what they're working on, and it's a big pile of sure, whatever. TNT is leaning heavy into drama with seven no-laughing-matter series, including The Last Ship, about the crew of a naval destroyer that floats about while the rest of the world succumbs to a global disease that kills everyone. Fun! The rest are mostly a mix of detective and spy shows with none having particularly interesting twists. TBS is continuing its comedy push with three series, including the Conan O'Brien-produced Zone Lord, about some dudes who discover a new resident of their apartment building that is an alien. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bill Lawrence will not continue as showrunner of Cougar Town when the comedy moves to TBS next season. But that was always in the cards, as Lawrence signed a deal with Warner Bros TV to work on other stuff. He'll stay on as a consultant, though. [Vulture]

... Adult Swim is spinning off Childrens Hospital with Newsreaders, the fake news show that was featured in a few episodes of the medical drama spoof. Mather Zickel will be back to star. This is exciting news for those of you who like things that are funny and awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Breaking Bad has cast Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons (he played Landry) in a Season 5 role. The character description is as vague as you'd imagine: "He’ll play Todd, a dependable, innocuous, working-class guy. However, his character may not be what he appears to be..." Well, no duh. Plemons recently starred in NBC's Bent, which was on the air for like three hours. [TV Line]

... Despite what The Wire may have taught you, it IS possible to leave the game. Tia Mowry is parting ways with the BET comedy The Game to focus on other projects. Somebody named Pooch is also close to leaving, apparently. [Vibe]


... Whoa! Joey Lawrence, who now stars on the ABC Family series Melissa & Joey, will head to Vegas to join the Chippendales male-stripper show. He'll start taking it off on June 7. [TMZ]

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  • JT_Kirk May 18, 2012

    WHAT?!? It's not Cougar Town if there's no Bill Lawrence at the helm! What a disappointing turn of events. He better consult the hell out of it.

    Hmm, Newsreaders wasn't actually that funny during Childrens Hospital, it was a cute idea but didn't really feel like it was going anywhere. NTSF:SD:SUV:: was a funny spinoff though, so this could work as well. I guess. I hope.

    Oh Joey Lawrence, didn't your momma teach you better than that? How is "ABC Family" going to handle this? Seems like it could breach his contract for a family show, even if it isn't full nudity.

  • bevsmeow4u2 May 18, 2012

    who cares?!11

  • dragon22a May 17, 2012

    I wonder if this means that Christa Miller Lawrence will be leaving Cougar Town also.

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  • Jacks420 May 17, 2012

    Adult Swim is spinning off Childrens Hospital with Newsreaders

    This is the only one I cared about. haha. Last Ship might be good,

  • Eric10301 May 17, 2012

    The Last Ship sounds interesting but a show like that would require a great cast to work well.

  • hockeyrick May 17, 2012

    Lopez gets that sick money for doing what she does??? There is NO god!

    Anything by Adult Swim is wicked!!!!

  • fweak May 17, 2012

    Last Ship: "Simpsons did it".

    Hooray for more Adult Swim spin-offs!

  • FringeFanatic May 17, 2012

    I thought one of the points of reality TV was not having to pay talentless celebrities ridiculously exorbitant amounts of money in order to be on the show.