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Channel Surfing – May 12

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Tonight’s Real Housewives of New York City reunion special is promising HUGE drama, including a well-deserved smackdown for the uber-annoying Ramona.

– And it’s a doubleheader of catty reality drama, as The Real Housewives of New Jersey debuts tonight, too.

Dr. Oz bids Oprah adieu today, as the TV doc prepares to launch his own talk show in September.

– NBC will air a two-hour special devoted to TV’s best catchphrases on May 26. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

– The Jon & Kate saga gets juicier: Now there’s gossip that Jon’s not the only one who’s engaging in extracurricular activities.

– NBC has passed on the pilot for a new David E. Kelley legal drama. Given some of the crazy antics and storylines of the last couple of seasons of Boston Legal, that seems like a good idea. It’s probably time for Kelley to tackle a new topic.

– Sadly for Gilmore Girls fans, Lauren Graham‘s sitcom pilot is also reportedly dead at ABC.

Scrubs, meanwhile, is looking less and less dead.

Mama Partridge … naked?!?! No. No, no, no, no, no.

Simon Cowell is yet again predicting that Adam Lambert will win American Idol. Duh.

– Seen the pictures of Kiefer Sutherland‘s alleged victim in Headbuttgate? So, we probably don’t know the whole story yet, but all these photos show is a dude with a bandage on his nose. Anyone can put a bandage on a nose – it’s no proof of what damage is or isn’t underneath it. Just sayin’.

What Will the ‘AI’ Top 3 Sing?

Wondering what Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen might sing tomorrow night (Fox, 8PM ET), as the top three American Idol finalists take the stage to perform tunes selected for them by the judges?

AJC.com has shared some alleged scoop: Danny will sing Terence Trent D’Arby‘s “Dance Little Sister,” Kris will sing One Republic‘s “Apologize” and Adam will reprotedly croon U2‘s “One” and/or Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game.”

The Kris and Adam picks seem right on, but the D’Arby tune seems a little upbeat for Danny. His voice matches up to D’Arby’s, but let’s be honest, Gokey hasn’t really proved that he knows how to get down and funky with his bad self.

Whatcha think? What would be your perfect pick for each of the three finalists?

Channel Surfing – May 11

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Did Joan Rivers really deserve to be named Celebrity Apprentice instead of Annie Duke, who raised three times as much cash for her charity? Cast your vote at AOL TV. I think Annie should have won, though Rivers’ dedication to and affection for her charity, God’s Love We Deliver, was touching.

– Chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest are teaming for an ABC reality series in which they’ll give the citizens of America’s unhealthiest towns nutrition and exercise makeovers. Hmmm … Maybe Seacrest isn’t aspiring to be the next Dick Clark; he’s trying to be the Dude Oprah.

The ratings for Dollhouse‘s season finale suggests the Joss Whedon series probably won’t return to Fox next season.

– Tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl sets up what could be a spin-off series, following the life of young Lily, Serena’s wild child mama.

– More spin-off news: G4 is doing its own take on E!’s The Soup, called Web Soup, a weekly round-up of the best of/worst of viral videos.

– Loooooove 30 Rock and Tina Fey, but have to call BS on the story that last Thursday’s Mamma Mia mentions didn’t amount to a plug. It was a very, very clever tie-in, but both the show and the movie are NBC Universal properties … coincidence? I think not.

Jon Stewart‘s producing a special on the U.S. naturalization process for the History Channel.

Alex and Hugh are back for the third season of Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel (May 31), and they’ll be joined by the first female driver to be a full-time driver on the show.

– What a great idea: Editing Lost into a “dummies” version that would have events unfold chronologically.

– Al Bundy’s back to be a TV papa again. Ed O’Neill (a fellow alum of Ohio University – go Bobcats!) will play a dad in ABC’s fall 2009 mockumentary-ish sitcom Modern Family.

– And Chuck star Yvonne Strahovksi is certainly keeping busy while she awaits news on whether or not the show will get a third season go from NBC.

Channel Surfing – May 7

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– I still can’t believe that Adam Lambert‘s sexuality is such an issue … like being gay in the entertainment industry is such a new phenomenon? Or being gay on American Idol for that matter. Whatever. Adam lands a solo cover on the new Entertainment Weekly, even before he wins the show, as “the most exciting American Idol contestant in years.” Can’t argue with that.

– It’s not Project Runway, but the Runway-ish The Fashion Show, which debuts tonight on Bravo (10PM ET), does have the fabulous Isaac Mizrahi.

Grey’s Anatomy airs its 100th episode tonight (ABC, 9PM), and it’s supposed to include a McDreamy/Meredith wedding. Supposed to being the key part of that sentence.

– Even if the Mer/Der wedding does go down, will it be one of the best tube weddings ever? Maybe one of the worst? I countdown a few of each at Hollywood.com today.

– Are you more or less likely to watch the new season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 on May 25, given the whole affair brouhaha?

– Tomorrow’s Good Morning America will feature Diane Sawyer’s interview with Connie Culp, the woman whose face transplant made headlines this week.

Chuck executive producer McG weighs in optimistically to Sci Fi Wire about the show’s chances for a third season on NBC. It’s tough to remember the last time an on-the-bubble series generated as much support and good will as Chuck has, so here’s hoping again that it returns next season.

Seth Green and his Robot Chicken cohorts are bringing another show to Adult Swim.

– Only The Big O could incite riots by trying to give away some damn chicken.

– Is it just me, or do most of the contestants on the new season of The Bachelorette look alike?

– And Simon Cowell reportedly earns $36 million a season for American Idol, while co-judge Paula Abdul nets “just” $2 million. Sounds right to me.

This Guy’s Gonna Tell You How to Raise Your Kids

You know that book The Real Housewives of New York City stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen have been talking about writing, the one in which they’ll dispense the parenting wisdom that has helped them turn out the kid who stabbed their friend’s $30 burger, rendering it inedible, during a fancy dinner? Well, it’s a definitely go.

Alex and Simon have landed a deal with Sterling & Ross Publishers to pen their book Little Kids, Big City: Tales from a Real House in New York City (With Lessons on Life and Love for Your Own Concrete Jungle). Huh.

I actually think, as a couple, Alex and Simon take some unfair hits … yes, they are rarely away from each other (is that a bad thing?), but they do seem to genuinely love each other. And yes, I’m a little creeped out anytime Simon even says the word “Speedo,” but they appear to be a real, warm couple, which is more than you can say about any other couple on The Real Housewives of NYC, especially since most of the other couplings seem to revolve largely around all things financial.

Having said that, I probably would not go to the van Kempens for parenting advice. And I definitely would not go to Francois and Johan’s ‘rents for baby-naming advice.

How ’bout you? Do you love ’em, hate ’em, get skeeved out by ’em? And will you buy their book?

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