producers, network, label back Kelly; album delayed as movie begins filming.

producers, network, label back Kelly; album delayed as movie begins filming.
The producers of American Idol, along with FOX, are standing behind their winner, saying she did nothing wrong by working with other producers to record a few songs last spring–songs they now want to release. In a statement reprinted by Entertainment Weekly, they said she “did not breach any rules of the competition” and won the “competition fairly and was rightfully chosen by the American public … We at 19 Entertainment, Fremantle Media and Fox are proud of our winner.” EW also reports that Kelly’s album will be again delayed, possibly until late spring. She’s about to start filming From Justin to Kelly, a kind-of fictional movie wherein “30 aspiring singers compete in a karaoke-style sing-off, as they’re criticized and mocked by judges, and gradually eliminated until there is only one,” according to Greg Dean Schmitz.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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