News Briefs: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato Are Your New The X Factor Judges

SHE'S STILL ALIVE NEWS

... Britney Spears is still tickin', apparently. Fox has officially announced that Spears is joining the The X Factor as a judge, a job for which she'll be paid something like $15 million. Though we pretty much already knew that. Also joining the show's judging panel is Demi Lovato. You know, the Disney Channel star—even though the Fox press release fails to mention anything about her getting famous on the Disney Channel, probably because Fox is trying to sell her as a sex symbol and/or just doen't want to give ABC any publicity. Britney Spears should be great at judging the all important bean-burrito eating portion of the talent competition. [Fox via press release]


SUMMER SCHEDULING NEWS

... Syfy has updated its summer to-do list. Item number one: Air the Eureka series finale on July 16. Item number two: Kick off new seasons of Warehouse 13 and Alphas on July 23. Also: Move Lost Girl to Fridays on July 20, and bring back Haunted Collector on June 6, Destination Truth on July 10, Paranormal Witness on August 8, and Face Off on August 21. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has ordered the pirate series Crossbones, from Luther creator Neil Cross. This will be Cross's first show for NBC, and his also his first time wondering why the heck he agreed to work for NBC. The series is set in 1715, and will raise the question of who's more despicable: Blackbeard and his society of pirates or the British. Well, obviously. [NBC via press release]

... TNT has ordered a pair of reality series that I will never watch. Boston Blue centers on the anti-gang unit of the Boston police department, so of course it's produced by Donnie Wahlberg. 72 Hours is a survival reality competition where teams will be dropped into the wilderness to look for a suitcase of cash. Both shows will debut in 2013. [TNT via press release]

... ABC has promised to deliver an all-star version of Dancing With the Stars, which will bring back former contestants. The next edition will be the best of the worst, ladies and gentlemen. No word on the cast yet, but if there's no Cloris Leachman they really shouldn't be calling this an all-star edition. [ABC via press release]

... HBO is developing an '80s Wall Street drama, and the man who'll be doing all the cocaine is Rob Riggle. Riggle will play a financial boss who leads an unhealthy life. Call it Upper Eastside-bound and Way, Way Up? [Deadline Hollywood]

... ESPN has ordered more 30 for 30 sports documentaries, and this is the best piece of news in this article. [Grantland]


SORTA CASTING NEWS

... Jennifer Lopez isn't sure if she'll return to American Idol. Call her bluff, American Idol! She needs the money! [People]


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I am definitely going to miss Eureka.
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Wow, The X-Factor's really going for the tween audience. I didn't realize Nielsen tracked the 11-14 demographic.
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I will be sad to see Eureka go, especially seeing how little it's leaving us with, only 2 pseudo-sci-fi shows left on the channel, Warehouse 13 and Alphas, the rest of that summer schedule is pure crap.



Simon Cowell is going to look VERY old next to Demi Lovato. Way to pick players for your show based on skills rather than youth demographics. Dumbasses. Could you make your depseration more obvious? X Factor is going to be an Ex Show with all the money they're pouring into its black maw of repetitiveness.



Oh TNT, no. Just no. "We know drama... and we're also airing some reality stuff that we don't know."



I don't predict DWTS gaining any new viewers with a show full of returning players.



Rob Riggle is not a drama guy, I cannot imagine how that's gonna go.



Oh no, whatever will I do without J Lo on tv every week? Oh, that's right, the same thing I did when she was there - not watch her show.

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I don't know why a show about Pirates. But Luther is second to only Sherlock in my book. So I am looking forward to it.



TNT should stay out of the reality tv business. They are doing well with their dramas and comedies. Bring more. Buy the rights to Prime Suspect. Do anything but reality tv.



Rob Riggle is great. I am a big fan of his. He is hilarious.
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Wow, that sounds like quite the role for Riggle. Color me intrigued!
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The Britney Factor
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I was wondering when Warehouse 13 and Alphas will be coming back.
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Britney Spears is the queen of pop. She sold over 200 million records. She's a tabloid queen. Has the most iconic performances including dancing with a snake, kissing Madonna, and dancing alongside the king of pop Michael Jackson. Her movie "Crossroads" made five times it's budget, and she was tabloid queen and number one most searched on yahoo 4 times in a year. You can also add 5 sold out tour to her resume. She can sing, she can dance, and she can act. She's gorgeous and people are just jealous of her. Anyone that wants to critisise Britney can go out and achieve what she has, instead of trying to bring her down with comments she'll never read, sitting behind a computer screen like a lifleless loser :)
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"She can sing, she can dance, and she can act."

cough cough, she used to know how to sing, now does a great playback/auto tune;

she used to know how to dance, now barely moves;

and, she never acted well.



but yeah, she is really good in being relevant to the media. even, if it is in a REALLY bad way.
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Chris! Is that you?
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ESPN's 30 for 30 documentaries are truly amazing. I am so glad to hear that there will be more of them.
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Those were some nasty digs at Britney. Speaking as a long term fan, and not to get all Chris Crocker, but when will people just give her a beak?
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By "digs" you mean the ONE dig about a bean-burrito eating contest? Cuz that was really, really harsh.
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as if she didn't deserve it. if i behave bad, i'll loose my friends, my job and self-respect. when she behaves bad, she gets some criticism, but much more popularity AND $ 15 million. well, i will give her a break when things begin to be fair.
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Are you saying that if you went through a rough patch after being used and abused by those around you, that you'd want the whole world against you, constantly kicking you when you're down, making you feel even worse?



This is partly her fault, yes, but the majority of the blame rests on the greedy corporates around her who didn't know when to stop, and forgot that she was just a girl. Statements like the one you just made are quite naive and show that the world has a long way to go before people can make mistakes and try to come back from them.



This isn't a Chris Brown situation, where she went out and brutally attacked a helpless woman, she made a few bad life choices, owned up to them, and now that she's turned things around, she's still wrong. Please.
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Put it on her bill 8-)
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