May 25, 2018
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Adding DeGeneres a bad move for show

By Aimee Dolloff, Special to the BDN

As one of my dear friends would say, for the love of all things holy, what were they thinking? Ellen DeGeneres as a judge on “American Idol.” I can’t take it.

As if Paula Abdul wasn’t enough of a spaz, now they’ve added one of TV’s craziest talk show hosts to the lineup.

The Associated Press is reporting that DeGeneres will join judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi after the tryouts that already are under way for next season. DeGeneres announced her new role on her talk show, saying, “Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you.”

Um, not quite. Although DeGeneres can be funny at times, we don’t have too much in common and I would much rather have seen one of the tryout round judges take the vacant seat. To name just two, Mary J. Blige would have been fabulous, as would Shania Twain. They know what it takes to make it in the music businesses.

The “Idol” executive producer touted DeGeneres as being one of “America’s foremost entertainers.” What? Am I missing something?

But perhaps all will work out in the end, because Abdul has shown interest in hosting her own talk show, so maybe the two can switch roles for a few seasons until America comes to its senses.

To add to the “Idol” drama, the fall TV preview has been announced. Exciting, but depressing at the same time because it means winter is just around the corner.

Two new ones to keep your eyes open for this month:

– “Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke” 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, on VH1. The cameras follow comedian Eddie Griffin (of “Malcom & Eddie” and “Undercover Brother”) and his family and friends, including eight children, five ex-wives, his mother and 70-year-old uncle (an amateur porn star). If brainless TV is what you’re looking for, this is the answer.

– If fashion’s your thing, Bravo is taking another stab at it with “Launch My Line” at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. This one pairs 10 professionals with expert designers as they attempt to get their fashion lines off the ground. I doubt it will replace “Project Runway,” but I don’t think it will flop.

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