'Idol' brings the fans - and the big bucks
March 18th, 2011
06:51 PM ET

'Idol' brings the fans - and the big bucks

In 2010, “American Idol” brought in the most money on television – a whopping $7.11 million every half hour, according to Forbes.

As successful as that sounds, the show is actually down 12 percent from 2009, but was still able to make the top of the list.

The future isn't looking too shabby, either. Although Simon Cowell has left “Idol" behind, Forbes notes that the show can still attract 24 million viewers. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez must be doing something right.

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Antonio 'L.A.' Reid to be 'X Factor' judge
March 18th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Antonio 'L.A.' Reid to be 'X Factor' judge

A day after leaving his post as chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, Antonio "L.A." Reid is officially joining Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" as a judge.

“L.A. was my number one choice to sit alongside me on the show," Cowell is quoted as saying in a press release announcing the move. "In my opinion, he is one of the greatest ever music executives and of course a fantastic writer and producer. I am thrilled he has agreed to join the show, and for any artist auditioning, they know they have the chance to meet a true star-maker."

Reid is an industry impresario whose former record label, LaFace, launched several major artists, including TLC, Usher and Pink. Speculation that Reid would be joining "X Factor" was rampant this week, particularly after he announced his resignation.

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Adrianne Palicki dons 'Wonder Woman' costume
March 18th, 2011
04:37 PM ET

Adrianne Palicki dons 'Wonder Woman' costume

About a month after Adrianne Palicki slid into the role of "Wonder Woman" for David E. Kelley's upcoming NBC pilot, the actress has slipped on the costume.

The magic lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets that Lynda Carter famously wore in the '70s series appear to be intact, but the star-studded short-shorts? Not so much. Instead, we now have blue pants (shiny leggings is perhaps more descriptive) and blue boots instead of the classic red.

But, Entertainment Weekly notes, Kelley is keeping the plane in the pilot of this reboot, which he's said will portray Wonder Woman as a "real complex woman and not just a superhero." Meanwhile, NBC says that if the show is picked up for a series, they plan to offer a "serious, non-campy take" on the Amazing Amazon, a perspective that's tripped up at least one fan.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Charlie Sheen for president?
March 18th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Charlie Sheen for president?

A brand new poll reveals the results of the most unthinkable presidential election ever! Some voters would pick Charlie Sheen over President Obama and Sarah Palin!

This made me laugh because no one in their right mind would seriously want Charlie Sheen running our country. I think people were making more of a partisan political statement against the candidate they just don’t like - versus truly believing Charlie would make a good president.

What do you think? Post your thoughts below.

Other big stories we’re fired up about on the show today…

It turns out "American Idol" is TV’s biggest cash cow, and Gwyneth Paltrow is all set for a “Glee”-ful return!

See you on "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. ET and again at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN today!

'Jersey Shore' is done... yet again
March 18th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

'Jersey Shore' is done... yet again

Did anyone else have the urge to punch The Situation through the TV last night?

Not only has Sitch turned into a pathetic jerk since he stopped getting laid last season, he also proved he’s completely useless beyond the realm of unintentional comedy, like when he crashed and burned on the Roast of Donald Trump.

Too harsh? Sammi probably wouldn’t think so, but I’ll get back to that later.

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Randy Quaid to debut song about 'Star Whackers'
March 18th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

Randy Quaid to debut song about 'Star Whackers'

Quirky actor Randy Quaid will take to the stage this evening with a song about the "Hollywood star whackers" he believes are out to get him.

Quaid, who fled to Canada to escape the alleged celebrity slayers, is joining the band The Town Pants for a gig at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, where he'll perform the ditty "Star Whackers."

The Town Pants approached Quaid to host their show, and he mentioned that he also wanted to sing, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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