American Idol 2 debuts tonight.

American Idol 2 debuts tonight.
More than 50,000 people auditioned for American Idol 2 last fall, and tonight they face Simon, Paula, and Randy as the second season of the show debuts at 8 p.m. ET on FOX with a special 90-minute show. The debut continues tomorrow night with another 90-minute show starting at 8:30 p.m. It will air regularly on Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 8:30. Host Ryan Seacrest says he hasn’t talked to booted co-host Brian Dunkleman since last season, and says the talent is “better” this year.

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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