Kara is Officially Gone from American Idol

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... Fox has made it official: Kara DioGuardi will not be a judge on the next season of American Idol. DioGuardi provided the harmless, we're-parting-ways-amicably quote in the press release, but some say her departure was more of a shove as producers looked to turn over the judges in the wake of Simon Cowell's departure. So there you have it, news you already knew. Only this time, it's official. [Fox via press release]

... Speaking of Cowell, he's talking about quitting all his UK shows in order to concentrate on the American version of X Factor, which is being planned for next season. Cowell currently has X Factor and Britain's Got Talent running in England, and might abandon both of those shows to concentrate on America. USA! USA! USA! We win again! [The Sun]

... Bravo reality star Danielle Staub, the wicked witch of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is leaving the show, or maybe she was fired. Either way, she's gone and TV has recovered a sliver of its dignity. [Popeater]

... You know, for being just a trashy show full of cougars, Desperate Housewives actually does things right with deaths and disasters. Creator Marc Cherry has no problem killing people off, and he's planning on doing that again before this season ends. If you're reading this, Mr. Cherry, my advice would be to choose all of them. [TV Guide]

... Bill Lawrence has no problem playing favorites. Lawrence is bringing on old friends from his previous series, Scrubs, to his new series Cougar Town. Ken Jenkins, who played Dr. Kelso on Scrubs, will drop by Cougar Town to play the father of Jules (Courteney Cox). [EW]

... Saturday Night Live's rotating cast is spinning again. The show is reportedly bringing in as many as four new cast members, meaning someone on last season's cast has got to go. Early word is Jenny Slate will be the odd-woman out and that hottie Abby Elliot is sticking around. That works for me. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Glee is heading to Russia, but you know how those Europeans hate all things great and fun, right? Therefore, instead of keeping the show's peppy title, they're changing it to the much more grey Losers, or "Luzeri" to be exact. I still don't know how this show is this popular, so I fully support this name change. [Variety]


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