TV tonight: American Idol wants Jennifer Lopez to replace Mariah Carey

'American Idol' wants Jennifer Lopez back as a judge 

Photo: Facebook/Jennifer Lopez

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 —Last week “American Idol” ratings were the lowest since the show debuted in 2002. There are several components of “American Idol” that have contributed to its decline, but this season’s panel of judges is most often blamed for the ratings freefall.

There’s a recent rumor circulating that FOX execs wanted to improve the public perception of the judges by firing Mariah Carey and replacing her with Jennifer Lopez for the remainder of this season. Since Lopez was well liked as an “American Idol” judge in the past, it’s not hard to believe FOX would welcome her return.


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But firing Carey in the middle of the season and replacing her with Lopez would be a legal as well as financial nightmare for the network.

Surely FOX execs knew firing Carey would result in a much publicized battle that could further erode the rapidly shrinking fan base. And surely FOX execs realized they wouldn’t be able to afford Lopez even if she did agree to return to the show.

FOX execs continue to insist they never even considered replacing Carey. But where there’s smoke there is fire. The rumor didn’t start itself.

Considering the magnitude of the buzz surrounding the rumor, it wouldn’t be surprising if the whole thing turns out to be a shady scheme concocted by FOX to boost “American Idol” ratings.


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Either way, the only thing compelling about the current season of “American Idol” is the tactics they are willing to use to improve ratings.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Wife Swap: (New) A Pagan woman trades places with the mother of a world champion tap dancer.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) Sheldon feels lost after one of his favorite TV shows gets canceled too soon and Amy tries to help him get over his compulsive need for closure. Meanwhile, Raj discovers a secret about his new love interest.

FOX: American Idol: (Live) Another finalist is eliminated from the competition.

NBC: Community: (New) Annie and Shirley plot to win the spot as class valedictorian, while Troy and Abed accidentally switch bodies.

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (New) Acting on a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in New Orleans, Klaus makes a trip to the town he and his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his former protégé, Marcel (guest star Charles Michael Davis), a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (New) Alan has trouble coping when Lyndsey dumps him and Walden must find a way to help him get back on his feet.

NBC: The Office: (Repeat) Pam’s ex-fiancé, Roy, gets married. Jim and Pam attend the wedding, but Roy’s big day causes them to explore possible secrets in their own marriage. Meanwhile, Dwight arrogantly protests Nellie’s charity initiative, and Clark woos Erin by enticing her with a fake newscaster job.

9 p.m.

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) After several of Bailey’s patients die, she becomes the focus of a CDC investigation; Cristina teases Alex about his feelings for Jo; Owen continues to take care of Ethan while his parents remain in the hospital.

CBS: Person of Interest: (New) When a luminary in the world of medicine is poisoned, Reese and Finch have just 24 hours to determine the deadly toxin he was given and find the person behind the attack. Meanwhile, Detective Fusco’s past corruption catches up with him when an informant gives the Internal Affairs Bureau the crucial information they need to send him to prison.

FOX: Glee: (New) The glee club goes acoustic when the power goes out at McKinley High.

NBC: The Office: (New) As Andy’s performing dream becomes an obsession, the staff starts up a serious paper airplane contest. Roseanne Barr guest stars.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (New) Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) comes clean to Cat (Kristin Kreuk) that he knows about Muirfield. Vincent (Jay Ryan) does not think Cat should trust Gabe and is suspicious of his intentions, which causes tension between them.  

9:30 p.m.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie gets upset when Ron submits budget cut proposals getting rid of the local mini golf course. Meanwhile, Ann helps Tom with his girlfriend troubles.

10 p.m.

ABC: Scandal: (New) Information about Huck’s past is revealed; not realizing that someone could be watching, Fitz and Olivia have an emotionally charged conversation; Cyrus becomes increasingly suspicious of Jake.

CBS: Elementary: (New) Sherlock and Joan hunt for the accomplice of a murdered blackmailer who targeted families of rape victims. Meanwhile, Sherlock resists celebrating his first year of sobriety.

NBC: Hannibal: (New) Jack search for a killer who maims his victims to resemble angels.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The First 48 at 9 p.m. on A&E

Project Runway at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Swamp People at 9 p.m. on History Channel

How it’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

America’s Worst Tattoos at 9 p.m. on TLC

Anger Management at 9:30 p.m. on FX

Hillbilly Blood at 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

Swamp Wars at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

The Killer Speaks at 10 p.m. on A&E

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

New York Ink at 10 p.m. on TLC

Chasing Tail at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

American Reunion on CINEMAX

Spaceballs on ENC

Black Swan on FMC

Boogie Nights on FMC

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines on TCM

Fair Game on TMC

V is for Vendetta on Syfy

9 p.m.

The Runaways on FUSE

Mary and Martha on HBO

The Descendants on HBO

Chernobyl Diaries on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Bad Santa at 9:20 p.m. on STARZ

Man on a Ledge at 9:30 p.m. on SHO

National Lampoon’s Vacation at 9:40 p.m. on ENC

Stash House at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

The Company Men at 10 p.m. on TMC

Captain Ron at 10:05 p.m. on FLIX


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