American Idol band sues Idol for $500,000

The American Federation of Musicians is suing American Idol for $500,000 on behalf of its band.

In a story that barely makes sense because its writing is so bad, TMZ reports that the producers and musicians have a “deal that prohibits ‘Idol’ from cutting the band out of downloads and ringtones of the music played on the show,” but the show has been doing that anyway since season four. The suit says the Fox competition has been “selling digitally-encoded audio files containing those soundtracks,” and wants damages plus a pension fund contribution.

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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