News Briefs: Mariah Carey Is Your Newest American Idol Judge

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CASTING NEWS

... The rotating door at the American Idol judges' table continues to turn, and with Jennifer Lopez not coming back because she's so busy being Jennifer Lopez, Fox had to scoop up another big booty name. And it did! Mariah Carey was confirmed as the new judge at today's TCA session for Fox. This is great because I like all the things I don't give a flying fish about to be in the same place. [TV Line]

... Laurence Fishburne's name is being circulated around the casting offices of NBC's upcoming Hannibal. He's in talks to play the major role of Jack Crawford, the man in charge of the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the FBI. Fishburne was last seen on AMC's back-to-back airings of The Matrix and by Jerry Loman of Norfolk, Vigrinia, who finally took his friend's advice and watched Apocalypse Now when he had a day off of work at Quizno's last week. "It was okay, but Transformers was better," Loman later told a friend. [TV Line]

... Sofia Vergara is to be seen and not heard, but that doesn't matter to Seth MacFarlane. The Modern Family Emmy nominee will lend her voice to Family Guy and The Cleveland Show in the upcoming seasons of both shows. [EW]

... Mindy Kaling has confirmed that she's not totally done with The Office. Kaling was in LA promoting her new Fox show The Mindy Project when she told assembled critics that she'll appear in at least two episodes of the long-running NBC comedy she's smartly ditching for her own show. Finally! The greatest mystery of the universe has been solved! [Vulture]

... Sci-fi favorite Adam Baldwin has booked a new gig. Law & Order: SVU will welcome Baldwin as Captain Steven Harris, the temporary leader of the unit. He'll replace Captain Cragen, who woke up next to a dead prostitute in the Season 13 finale. Welcome to the club, Cragen! Baldwin is known for his roles in cult favorites Chuck and Firefly, which begs the question: Who has better fans, Chuck or Firefly? Let's see the comments pour in guys, so I can impress my boss! [TV Guide]

... That guy from Bent who I guess is charming will romance Jess in the next season of New Girl. David Walton will play a bad boy who mistakes Jess for another woman. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... After achieving big success with an early internet roll-out last season for New Girl, Fox is embracing the web once again. New comedies The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate will be unleashed online starting August 27. That's a month before their official debut on September 25. [The Wrap]

... USA Network looked at its competition and realized it was the only network without a singing show, so it scooped up the first project it could. That would be The Choir, a reality show that follows some guy who helps train choirs across the country. It's based on the British show of the same name and has a 10-episode order. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox's MasterChef has been renewed for Season 4 and I swear I've reported this already but that's what happens when Gordon Ramsay has 20 shows on television that are all the same. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. The CW also has a Sleepy Hollow project in development. [EW]


DUH AWARDS SHOW NEWS

... Teenagers love The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and Pretty Little Liars. Those shows and their respective casts cleaned up at last night's Teen Choice Awards, with TVD winning "Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi," Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev taking home surfboards for "Choice TV Actor/Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi," and Candice Accola and Michael Trevino clinching "Choice Female/Male TV Scene Stealer." Pretty Little Liars won "Choice TV Show: Drama" and Teen Wolf won "Choice Summer TV Show." Hit the link for a full list of winners. [Teen Choice Awards]


THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS EVER

... TMZ is reporting that some guy is trying to sell a sex tape he made with Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly. Clear eyes, full hearts, and whole lotta other things. [TMZ]


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