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News Briefs: American Idol Is Close to Signing Nicky Minaj, Keith Urban as Judges

SINGING SHOW RUMOR TIME

... I love rumors! They're just like news, except they don't have to be real! Not quite real today is word of American Idol filling out its judges' table for next season with the previously rumored day-glo hippity-hopper Nicky Minaj and the new-in-the-mix country twanger Keith Urban near deals. Since there have been two rumors about a Minaj deal, let's say that's true. As for Urban, he apparently undercut previous candidate Brad Paisley by asking for just $3-4 million in salary. Look for Paisley's new single, "Keith Urban is a Dick," later this year. How does a Nicky Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson judges' table sound to you? [THR]

BUSINESS TIME

... Remember when Anger Management debuted on FX and we were all like "Holy smoke-ums! Dat's a biggie audience!" Well, first of all, we should stop talking like that. It's embarrassing. Second of all, the first-season finale aired last night and the numbers were kind of bad, relatively. After opening to 5.741 million in the series premiere, the Anger Management's finale drew just 1.976 million. FX has a ton riding on the show's performance. The network agreed to renew the series for 90 episodes if the average ratings for Season 1 reached a certain mark. A renewal seemed like a sure thing a month ago, but is now in question. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime is getting the girls together for pink drinks and developing Guide to Divorce, a comedy about a quartet of women in their 40s dealing with divorce. You go, girls, and get out there and find a new man that you'll divorce in a couple years! [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is putting some money into Big City, a new half-hour comedy from 30 Rock writers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan. The show would follow a suburban family that's trapped in the big city! Wow, TV just keeps cranking out the unique storylines! [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is also developing a drama from J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5. The untitled series is a thriller about a pandemic, and will be told with procedural and serialized elements. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... The Simpsons will borrow Tom Waits' scraggly voice for an upcoming episode. The singer will play himself and introduce Homer to a group of survivalists that are preparing for a worldwide disaster, like a meteor crashing into Earth, a zombie outbreak, or uprising of the dolphins. What!? Dolphins are just biding their time before they slaughter us all in tuna nets. [TV Line]

... Denise Richards will guest star on 90210 because that's where all celebrity jokes go to guest star. She'll play the head of an exclusive women's club. Richards herself is a member of a not-so-exclusive women's club: those who have banged Charlie Sheen. Hey-yo! [EW]

... Some rapper named T.I. is guest starring on CBS' Hawaii Five-0. He'll play–yep–a criminal. [TV Line]

... Matt Jones, currently playing guitar badly on Breaking Bad, has been cast on–oh no!–the potential The Office spinoff about Dwight Schrute's beet farm called The Farm. The role would be Dwight's cousin Zeke. [Deadline Hollywood]

SAD NEWS

... Herry Nelson, the voice of Sesame Street's The Count, passed away today at the age of 1! 2! 3! 4! ... 78. [People]

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Nicki Minaj should not be judging anyone's singing and performing talents as she has none. She is a figurehead with no real skills. Her music sucks and every thing she does is a rip off of those who came before her. Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are a total class act with true talent!



ABC is also developing a drama from J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, sounds interesting!



T.I. on 5-0 should be good!



RIP Jerry Nelson, you were a part of my childhood entertainment and I thank you for it!
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So, in the grand tradition of talent-less women, to follow Paula Abdul and JLo they want Nicki Minaj? I've always ignored this show but now I'm going to ignore it on purpose.
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Nicky Minaj....
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No way in hell Nicki Minaj should be anywhere near a talent competiton critiquing someone else's talent. It just shouldn't be.I mean there was a time when you were expected to have some of that yourself...I mean Paula was questionable as it was, and Ellen DeGeneres clearly was the equivalent of a fan judging...which I didn't even mind, and JLo barely tips the scale on talent as it was...but Nicki Minaj? Reeks of desperation.
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This show has so jumped the shark.
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I will think twice about watching this season if there is a messed up cartoon character doing the judging...why oh why?!
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Is Idol still relevant??

Anger is still more funny than any show with the words "girl, girls, bi%ch, etc." in their titles.
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Was Idol ever relevant?
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As long as Randy Jackson stays I don't know how I could ever resist.
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LOTS of peeps don't want Nicki as a judge.
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Not Nicki Minaj. Never.
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If it keeps Nicki Minaj from making music, then I'm okay with her being a judge on American Idol.
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My criteria for the judges table is that it should be full of people I don't want anywhere near a studio. So, sounds great.
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Awww the count died. May his lovable voice rest in peace.
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Aww Matt Jones. From Breaking Bad and Community to The Farm?
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mmh that picture!..
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It should be Jerry Nelson, not Herry Nelson. Jerry Nelson was a big part of the Muppets since the beginning. He also did Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock and Floyd on The Muppet Show. I don't know if he had been voicing any characters lately as pretty much all of the original performers have retired or died.

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looks like a typo. H is really close to J.
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My three-year-old niece was sitting on my lap as I was scrolling through this article, and she started to cry when she saw Nicky Minaj's picture. And I mean all-out balling.



So, there you have it ladies and gentleman: Nicky Minaj scares children.
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I'm not a child and Minaj scares the heck outta me, too.



Although, some may disagree about me not being a child.
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I know I'm to old to care what happens on sesame street, but it's just so sad!
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Well, I'm more interested in The Farm now. Seriously.
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Simpsons already did an episode about Dolphins taking over the world. "Simpsons did it!"



A suburban family trapped in the city, is that a reverse Suburgatory?



Pretty sure JMS already had a project like what you're describing (JMS is what we B5 fans call him), it was on Showtime, "Jeremiah".



Nicki Minaj doesn't sing, she raps and she screeches, so I really don't understand why they'd want her to be a judge or why anybody would listen to her advice? She's also a bit hyper and overly image-oriented. She probably can sing, I think she went to the "Fame" high school in New York, but she doesn't do it professionally. American Idol hiring her and Mariah and Keith Urban would be suicide, who would be able to take that lineup?



Ha ha, everybody on earth knew Anger Management was going to tank except Charlie Sheen and FX.
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I actually like Nicki, but I'll never watch American Idol again. i think it's a good idea to have a country singer as a judge though considering all the country contestants they've had the past few years though.
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Didn't the 400th episode of The Simpsons involve a survivalist colony? And is the last season casting only singers?
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As long as there aren't any judges who are either too nice (J-Lo) or give bad advice (J-Lo).
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