Day: December 23, 2020

“Masked Dancer” has Abdul judging anew

Eighteen years ago, Paula Abdul had a front-row seat for the TV revolution.

It was the very front row, as an “American Idol” judge alongside Simon Cowell (shown here, after they settled their differences). The show spurred endless variations – including “The Masked Dancer,” where she’s now a judge.
That starts Sunday (Dec. 27), then jumps to Wednesdays on Fox … which is where this all started.
In the summer of 2002, Fox tried a variation on the British “Idol,” with Abdul judging alongside Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell … whose acerbic comments startled her. Twice, Cowell wrote in “I Don’t Mean to Be Rude But …” (Broadway Books, 2003), she walked out of auditions. “The tension was so tremendous, the bad feeling so strong, that I didn’t know how we could continue together.” Read more…

Best-bets for Dec.25: cheery, soulful and Grinchy

1) “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebreation,” 10 a.m. to noon, ABC (but 9-11 a.m. PT). Christmas Day will wrap up (8 p.m., NBC) with one more chance to see the great Grinch cartoon (shown here). It starts, however, with cheery young faces singing perky songs. Performers include hosts Julianne Hough and Tituss Burgess, plus more. There’s Tori Kelly, Becky G, Jon Batiste, Trevor Jackson, Keedron Bryant, Maddie & Tae and even a gospel choir. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Dec. 27: Stay-at-home New Year

1) “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” 8-11 p.m. Thursday and 11:30 p.m. to 2:13 a.m., ABC. Back in 1973, Dick Clark launched his clever hybrid: He was in Times Square live, cutting to music that was taped in California. Later, competition forced him to add live music in New York. This year, that includes Jennifer Lopez and Jimmie Allen. Ryan Seacrest (shown here) hosts with Lucy Hale and Billy Porter, who duets with Cyndi Lauper. Ciara hosts the California part, with Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly and more. Read more…