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Simon Cowell's X Factor is (Maybe) a Sham

... Wait, reality television might be... fake?! Scandal! UK hit The X Factor has been pelted with proverbial rotten tomatoes since reports surfaced that the show used auto-tuning to make its performers sound better (and worse). The audio doctoring was used to inject more entertainment value into the show by making the good sound great and the not-so-good sound like drowning cats so we could all make fun of them for going on national television and singing their hearts out. By the way, this show is coming to America next year. Enjoy! [The Mirror]

... Chloe Sullivan will be back on Smallville next year, and now we know for how long. Actress Allison Mack, who has flirted with leaving the long-running program for the last few seasons, said it was the fans' support that helped her decide to stay for the upcoming final season. Mack says she'll appear in five episodes in order to give Chloe a proper send-off. [NY Post]

... All ye Buffy the Vampire Slayer freaks, listen up: James Marsters, who played Spike, will star in Syfy's new show Three Inches, which is NOT the opposite of MTV's Hard Times of R.J. Berger. It's about superheroes with some not-so-superpowers, such as the ability to move objects... but only three inches. This show has garnered some buzz for its unique take on the genre and could be a sleeper hit. [Digital Spy]

... Steven Spielberg is teaming with Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, those guys who are writing everything these days, to adapt the graphic novel Locke & Key into a TV show. Written by Joe Hill (a.k.a. the son of Stephen King), the comics focus on a group of kids who watch over a mystical New England mansion. [NY Mag]

... People still love Keeping Up with the Kardashians, for whatever reason. The fifth-season premiere of the show about fake celebrities drew E!'s second-highest ratings ever, right after last season's Kardashian finale. C'mon, people. Unless you're watching The Soup, E! rots your brain. [EW]

... HBO's Boardwalk Empire may have cost $65 million to make. The pilot may have cost $18 million on its own. By comparison, the Lost pilot was reportedly a $10 million endeavor, one of the most expensive television pilots ever. So if my math is correct, Boardwalk Empire will be 80 percent better than Lost. [NY Mag]


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I just got back from Newark and I'm more than sorry to tell you that even though you may get in line first, pre-dawn, and wait 8+ hours, its random where they seat you and then call your section - the first sections got most of the tickets and by 3pm 95% were gone, making thousands audition until past 9pm for NOTHING. The first auditions were about 3 minutes long and the later ones, like mine, were literally under 15 seconds! This is the straight up, hard,cold truth. Some judges gave all Yeses and others gave all NOs because some had golden tickets left and others ran out of their quota. This after being left to wait 8 hrs/day for two days straight. Then even if you get passed thru, you come back the next day, not to be judged by Simon's panel. I heard voices like you would not believe and they were dismissed because they weren't seated early. It was a cattle call all right - the performers were treated like animals. Shame on this whole smarmy, exploitative production.
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with chloe only appearing in 5 epis, does this mean oliver will turn his attention to dinah? i hope so... ^_^. black canary and green arrow ftw.
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Really, Why? Why do people watch The Kardassians or Jersey Shore?
Are their minds mush?
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I can't believe this was a surprise to anyone, I'm also hear to tell you that the point of the show is not to unearth new talent it's so that everyone can laugh at deluded people and generally enjoy having a mean streak. Another hint any time you hear some awful R & B/ Hip Hop tune with a vocoder it means that the person 'singing' can't actually sing. Cowell is the king of manufactured worthless pop and the sooner his empire collapses and we get back to proper worthwhile TV instead of talent show rubbish the better. Big Brother ends in the UK soon it is the beginning of the end for reality TV......
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I really disappointed with X factor. I used to love the show but now when I watch it all I'll be thinking about is auto tune. At least they's some good news in this article. Chloe's returning to Smallville.
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Ugh, what's the point of watching X Factor when it's not a true representation of people's singing voices?
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American Idol uses autotuning too, so does 99% of recorded popular music.
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Question. Who are the Kardashians? HahaJK i know they are famehounds.
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Don't understand why Chloe would stick it out for 9 seasons, then not be around for the final ep. Though if the final eps are going to be solely Clark centric and his transition into SuperMan (finally) maybe she realised Chloe wouldn't be getting any screen time, so leaving early could be a good thing. Bit like Big Brother, better to get evicted a week before the end, so you can have a weeks worth of tv-interviews, then come 2nd and you're virtually overlooked
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locke & key as a tv show? that just made my day..
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There was a plan to introduce Chloe into DCU canon, but nothing came about. Besides I have always seen Smallville as being akin to DC's Elseworlds, stories like "The Nail", "Red Son", "Kingdom Come" and "Another Nail" that while they feature DC's heroes they don't necessarily fit in established comic cannon.
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psht. nothing is better than LOST. I am looking forward to boardwalk empire though!
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I think it's going to be good as well.
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80 percent better than Lost isn't saying much. I can't wait for the show. It's going to be amazing.
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they better kill chloe off. shes not in the comic's. she must die!
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What, producers use technology to enhance ANY musical performance whether its a reality show or a concert?...next thing, there will be rumors that lip syncing happens....oh, wait...
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More comic book/super hero shows? Talk about over-saturation.
Can't wait for HBO's Boardwalk Empire!
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