News Briefs: American Idol Is Booting a Finalist for Lying

CRIMINALS ON AMERICAN IDOL NEWS

... American Idol doesn't take kindly to lying criminals. The talent show will kick off finalist Jermaine Jones after discovering that he lied about his past, which includes outstanding warrants and two arrests in the last year. Jones apparently also lied about his history with his father. Look for him to appear tonight before packing his bags for good. [TMZ]


WILL THIS MOVIE EVER GET MADE? NEWS

... Like the long-rumored and never-happening Arrested Development movie, I'll believe a 24 film when I see it. A feature based on the action thriller was supposed to go into production this year, but has been delayed due to a few snags, including budget, crew, and Kiefer Sutherland's schedule. Sutherland is going to need a walker by the time this thing is ready to go. [Deadline Hollywood]


RUMORED RENEWALS NEWS

... ABC Family is really close to renewing The Lying Game for a second season following a successful first outing. Need more proof? The cast has been invited to the network's upfront presentation, and networks don't give out free drinks to people it doesn't want around. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nothing's official, but Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein told an Australian radio show that the quirky comedy has been given a third season by IFC. Given the way IFC promoted the bejeezus out of the show during Season 2, I'd say Brownstein is right. [NWCN.com]


COMMUNITY NEWS

... Yay Community! The NBC comedy has sold off-network rights to Comedy Central, meaning my DVR is gonna get loaded up. The series' first three seasons will begin airing on Comedy Central in the fall of 2013. Between Community, Futurama, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reruns, I may never have to change the channel. [Comedy Central via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Jenna Elfman has been cast in 1600 Penn, an NBC comedy pilot about the First Family in the White House. She'll play the First Lady alongside Bill Pullman's president. Elsewhere, The Playboy Club's Laura Benanti has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot Go On, which stars Matthew Perry as a sportscaster who deals with loss with the help of a support group. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Simon Pegg (a.k.a. Shaun of Shaun of the Dead) is in talks to join Frank Darabont's LA Noir. The drama is set in late-1940s Los Angeles and focuses on cops and gangsters. Details on Pegg's role are being kept secret. [TV Line]

... Glee's Darren Criss has been offered the hosting job for Fox's The X Factor. In related news, Glee's Darren Criss has turned down an offer to host The X Factor. Take that, The X Factor. [E! Online]


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So I can keep pulling my hair out and giving myself headaches from watching Lying Game? Good to know.



X factor is trying to hard...it's really pathetic.



On a serious note,I cannot applaude American Idol for the display with Jermaine. That's exactly what it was. The show has been entirely too inconsistent with their rules for contestants with these issues. They're very selective in who is held accountable and who isn't. THis has to be the first time though, that they actually showed the contestant having a sit down with the producers and aired it publicly. That display was rather appalling if you ask me. They didn't need to air that part of the show and further robbing Jermaine of the opportunity to defend himself later on down the line. I almost felt like the kid needed a lawyer present. Pointblanking him on national television when he has pending charges and compelling him to admit to things regardless of his guilt was wrong. I find that aspect despicable because it was obviously addressed in that manner to increase their declining ratings. I was almost waiting for them to air the part where they most likely turned the guy in.I also question why they don't do a basic background check on their contestants before they get to this point anyways.This has happened how many times now? Practically every other season.A background check should be expected by now. All that would have took was google. Best of luck to the guy though, and hopefully he'll get his issues resolved.
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Hmm, not really seeing how Jermaine's inaccuracies about his past has a damned thing to do with his singing. American Idol is such a hypocrite, they claim they don't allow lying yet call themselves entertainment.



Community reruns on Comedy Central? Oh man, I really hope that either NBC takes that money as a sign that Community has more life (syndication money can help extend a show) or that CC just picks up new episodes the way it has with Futurama. March 15th shall henceforth be known as COMMUNITY DAY!



Oh goody, Jenna Elfman gets another sitcom, I'm sure that'll last (and then I ended the sarcasm tags).



Simon Pegg can play a pretty good dramatic role, but he doesn't feel right for the '40s atmosphere, so I cannot fathom what role they'd cast him in. I'll give it a shot no matter what though.
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So American Idol is basically admitting they don't perform very basic background checks? Like ok you can kinda yell this song pretty well and those skinny jeans look adorable... congrats you're in the final 10?
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Yay for Community!!! But Really Simon Pegg??
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Good for Community. If NBC cancels it, hopefully they have the money and cooperation to air new episodes as well.



Also, Simon Pegg is great. I'm not much for shows set in the early periods, but LA Nor is sounding cooler and cooler.
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Don't watch American Idol anymore but it's good that it's enforcing its rules. Nice to see some integrity and ethics being accounted for once. Dancing with the stars hasn't enforced the original guideline that the participating celebrities have to have little to no dancing experience for a long time.
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Lol nice try, The X-Factor. If I was a show with ratings problems, I would try to get Darren Criss as well. Let's be honest though, he's way outta your league. He's supermegafoxyawesomehot after all.
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Hey! Comedy Central has been airing Community here in the Netherlands for a while already. Or did i just completely misread that community news bit?
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So the odds for a fourth season of Community are higher now! That's AWESOME news!

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I think American Idol is just booting the guy because the network missed an opportunity to exploit the guy's "sob story" in hopes of creating the new underdog-turns-life-around story. Too bad.
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Why can't comedy central just buy it outright and let community loose to create great comedy.



And Tim don't forget reruns of Chappelle Show. They never get old.

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I didn't realize ABC Family was a show lol
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Very dissapointing for this young man with such a great voice.



What was more than dissapointing when the introduction of "When A Man Loves A Woman" credit was given to Michael Bolton. This song was first recorded at Fame Recording Studios by PERCY SLEDGE in Muscle Shoals Alabama. Percy still graces the stage at around the age of 70 with the original rendition. Michael Bolton just released it again many years later. Please give credit where credit is due - PERCY SLEDGE OF LEIGHTON ALABAMA FIRST RECORDED AT FAME RECORDING STUDIOS IN MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA in the early 1960's. This performance was so great that Michael Bolton's style can now claim third place.
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They did say "Michael Bolton's VERSION of When a man loves a woman" though.
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Which ABC Family show? I'm guessing The Lying Game.
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Or SAB
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It's The Lying Game! Fixed!
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I dunno, a 24 movie doesn't seem that far out of the realm of possibility...
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By the time they make it, if at all, people will have forgotten about it and be asking when Sutherland's "Touch" film is coming out.
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