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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 10:17 AM

It was Wild Card night on America’s Got Talent and the judges got to bring back a dozen acts they felt should get a second choice. (And yes, that included another taste of Andrew De Leon, the spooky soprano opera singer with the Marilyn Manson makeup kit.)

Howie Mandel chose to return Cristin Sandu and his amazing teeter totter balancing act. You remember Cristin? Here was his crash in the quarterfinals.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 5:30 PM

You do the math. 42 > 29. So you might understand why seasoned siren Mariah Carey might feel a little challenged by the potential addition of younger yelper Nicki Minaj to the American Idol judging panel.

TMZ is reporting that when Idol producers called Carey to inform her they were negotiating with Minaj, the multi-octave dynamo hung up on them, Apparently she was under the firm impression that she would be the only female rating the talent this season.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 5:02 PM

Somewhere Michael Strahan is doing his own version of a touchdown dance. Multiple sources are reporting that the Super Bowl winning NFL lineman, now retired, will shortly be announced as the new co-host for Kelly Ripa.

Live! With Kelly and Michael. Like the ring of it? The new duo starts the first week of September.

POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:22 AM

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, a sad occasion marked by a candle-light vigil at Graceland attended by 75,000 people last night.

For the first time, Elvis’s ex, Priscilla Presley and his only child, Lisa Marie, will take part in the commemorative festivities at Graceland. Part of the program includes Lisa Marie, who is pursuing her own music career, singing a duet with a hologram of her iconic father.

POSTED: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 4:11 PM

Let’s see…where did we leave Dexter at the end of the season? Oh that’s right. Deb walked in to find Dex hovering in his Dark Passenger ritual over Travis’s corpse. So, okay. Yeah. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

Take a look at this extended trailer Showtime just released for the volatile 7th season. Can Dexter get his sister to keep his secret? Would you?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:03 PM

Last week Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were everywhere you turned on TV, promoting their movie The Campaign.

This week it’s the Olympians. You can’t touch the remote without finding one or more on a talk show. They’re like Tribbles. Incredibly fit, medal carrying Tribbles.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 10:50 AM

When HBO talks about all-access for its NFL training camp series, Hard Knocks, they really mean it. On last night’s show, they had fly-on-the-wall footage of Chad Johnson (the player formerly known as Ochocinco) being released from the Miami Dolphins in an uncomfortable session with the team’s new head coach Joe Philbin. Check it out:

POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 2:15 PM

How do you salute a culinary and TV legend? In the case of Julia Child, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, PBS stitched together footage of her from various stages in her career, took her already mellifluous voice and gave it an extra lilt. In other words, they auto tuned her.

Hey, if you can whistle while you work, why not sing while you cook? Happy birthday, Julia. There’ll never be another you, toots.

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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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