News Briefs: Miley, Katy, Will. I., and Others Are All Potential New American Idol Judges

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JUST CRAZY RUMORS NEWS

... Despite recently giving its judges' table a facelift, American Idol is entertaining the idea of adding more new judges. The reality show might be losing Jennifer Lopez next year, and Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have yet to sign new contracts, so Fox is throwing out some new names. Former Idol contestant Adam Lambert, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, and will.i.am are all being bandied about as possible replacements. It's nice to see these fine artists finally getting their time in the spotlight. [E! Online]


BUSINESS TIME

... The production company behind the why-is-it-a hit reality series Dance Moms is taking the next natural step and developing a show about moms who breastfeed older children. [NY Post]

... Fox has decided to NOT banish the George Lopez-hosted garbage hour Take Me Out to Saturdays, as it recently said it would, after last week's episode jumped up in the ratings. The show features 30 women vying for the attention of a parade of eligible Ed Hardy-wearing lame-os. Meanwhile, Awake is still canceled. [TV Guide]

... ABC has ordered a cooking show called The Taste hosted by traveling chef Anthony Bourdain and British food star (ha ha) Nigella Lawson. The series is a reality competition show that will feature experts training teams of chefs to make awesome plates of food that you at home won't be able to taste. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Ladies and people who like to write stories about demon-hunting brothers who like to have sex with each other, I have bad news: Supernatural's Sam Winchester (hunky bag of muscle Jared Padalecki) is getting a ladyfriend. Season 8 will see Liane Balaban recur as Amelia, Sam's new squeeze. Balaban was last seen (by me at least) playing Anna in Syfy's Alphas. [TV Line]

... ABC's Once Upon a Time may as well just book the entire Lost cast and call it a day. Now the producers want to make room for Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley on the hit series. They haven't set aside a role for him in the fairy-tale drama, but I think he would be good as Tomorrow Land. [TV Guide]

... The CW's 90210 has booked Carly Rae Jepsen for a guest role next season and I'm so cool I don’t even know who she is. Did I say "cool"? I mean "out of touch." [TV Line]

... Gossip Girl's Serena (Blake Lively) will be macking on 7th Heaven's Barry Watson next season. Watson will recur as a businessman named Steven and will get paid to do what 90 percent of straight males would pay to do, so that's totally fair. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Lionel Batiste, a bandleader for New Orleans' Treme Brass Band, has passed away at the age of 81. He was featured multiple times in HBO's Treme. [USA Today]


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