American Idol renewed; winner’s single will be in stores by late September.

American Idol renewed; winner’s single will be in stores by late September.
Simon will have all three American Idol finalists record a single, making it possible to release the winner’s track in stores “within three weeks of ‘Idol’s’ Sept. 4 finale,” Variety reports. A CD featuring tracks from all 10 finalists will probably be released in October, before the winner’s full-length album is released in December. Also, FOX confirmed the show will return for a second season, although whether or not Simon Cowell and the other judges will return is a question mark. They’ve said they’re interested in a second season, but as Variety reports, “industry insiders believe Fox and the show’s producers may be willing to live without Cowell if his price gets too high.”
+ plus: production company plans two similar series, Dream Duets and Supergirl.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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