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In the past few hours, American Idol has had its biggest shake up since its debut in 2002.

Degeneres quit yesterday after less than a year as a judge, and today we find out that Kara Dioguardi was fired.  And Jennifer Lopez is in?  This is chaos.  Rumors are that the new reverted 3 judge panel will consist of Randy Jackson (why?), Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler.

I have no idea why  Tyler was handed the job, but J.Lo is a perfect fit.  And I’m assuming they are giving Jackson his last year on his contract to ease in the transition of new judges with the American audience.  Come next year, I can see a new judge replacing him.

Will this be enough to save Idol’s falling ratings?

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Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is returning to executive produce “American Idol” after leaving the show two years ago.

Lythgoe is close to striking a deal with Fox to return in an effort to revamp the show after Simon Cowell’s exit.   The only problem is Lythgoe wishes to dump the entire judges’ panel.  Kara Dioguardi has a year-to-year contract so she is easily expendable, but Randy Jackson has a year left with his contract.  And not to mention, Ellen Degeneres has a multi-year deal with Fox.  The revamp seems a little easier said than done.

On the top of creator Simon Fuller’s wishlist to replace Cowell, are Justin Timberlake and Elton John.   Could this shake-up be what Idol needs to come back out on top?  Who would you like to see on the judges’ panel?

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ABC and Barbara Walters better look out!  CBS is premiering an all-new daytime talk show, “The Talk” this September.

The panel of co-hosts, Sarah Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Marrisa Jaret Winokur, and Holly Robinson Peete will contribute to a discussion of motherhood and more.

This sounds a lot like “The View” on ABC, but I suppose they’ll each offer something unique that the other lacks.  I enjoy most of these women and will definitely have to check this out come September.

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Us Weekly reports that ‘Bachelor’ favorite  Melissa Rycroft is pregnant.

“It was a shock. We weren’t even trying,” says Rycroft-Strickland, who married insurance agent Tye Strickland in December after a sad end on ‘The Bachelor‘ in 2009. “It’s the most wonderful surprise in the world. It’s such a blessing.”

The 27-year-old former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ contestant, and future co-host of ABC’s ‘Bachelor Pad,’ wasn’t exactly ready to have kids quite yet.

“[Tye] wanted the kids right away, and I was laughing at him going, ‘No, not ready!'” she told the magazine.

Good for you for getting your happy ending!  I’m pretty sure Jason won’t be an option for a baby name.

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30 Rock’s own heartthrob, Mr. Cheyenne Jackson, is joining the ranks of everyone else and their mother for a guest spot on Glee’s second season. Seriously, is there anyone that’s not guesting on this show?  But, I’m definitely not complaining – just look at the picture above.

Sources confirm that Jackson will fill in as the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline.  As of right now his role is recurring, but an exact number of episodes is yet to be determined.

Joining Jackson this season on Glee, rumored guest spots include: John Stamos, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Boyle, Kristin Chenoweth, Javier Bardem, and Matt Lucas.   So much for focusing on the main cast this year, right Ryan Murphy?

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President Obama will be the featured guest on Thursday’s (July 29) episode of “The View.”   He will also be making history.

This will mark the first time a sitting president has visited a daytime talk show.  This interview will tape on Wednesday, July 28.

“We are so pleased and honored that President Obama will be a guest on ‘The View,'” creator and executive producer Barbara Walters says. “The president last appeared on the program in March 2008 while he was still a senator, and First Lady Michelle Obama was a featured guest co-host in June 2008. This shows that both the president and first lady feel that our show is an influential and important source of information and news.”

Thursday’s show will also feature Walters‘ first in-studio appearance since her heart surgery in May.

The president’s interview will touch on the economy, the Gulf oil spill, and several other topics, including his family life at the White House.

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ABC’s hit Desperate Housewives may see its last legs come this season.

For years there have been rumblings about the possible end date to this prime-time frontrunner.  Originally, series creator, Marc Cherry, had stated that he would like to see the show go through year seven.  But, now after striking a deal with ABC to go through season nine, Cherry says he can see the series lasting a couple more seasons, “but I don’t want to try and match ‘Gunsmoke’s’ record.”

“It’s in negotiation — that’s all I can tell you,” Cherry says of an end date for “Housewives.” “ABC is talking to people. … There are meetings going on with agents and stuff, but we’re just kind of here doing our work.”

The toughest task and most crucial for Cherry is keeping the original cast of Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, and Felicity Huffman together until the end.

While I usually end up having withdrawal after my favorite shows end, I truly believe it’s better to go out while you’re still hot.  IMHO, Season 8 sounds like a nice round number.

Season 7 of Desperate Housewives is set to premiere on Sunday, September 26.

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