Ellen DeGeneres made it official Thursday that she will be joining Simon Cowell and leaving "American Idol."
Unlike Cowell, whose departure will have a big negative impact on the show, Ellen's departure shouldn't make much of a ripple. She didn't deliver any new viewers, and a lot of fans of the show don't like the four-judge format. Plus, Ellen didn't have any sort of musical insight, nor did she bring much comedy to the proceedings.
With still no replacement for Simon announced, though a decision may be imminent, already there are rumors that Jennifer Lopez may be in talks to replace her. Though that might make some of the Paula Abdul fans happy (or infuriate them more), because J-Lo has the same singer/dancer background, it doesn't address the show's main problem -- declining interest and the loss of the show's most influential judge.
It will be interesting to see this story develop over the next couple of weeks.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: OK, so who is the character you hate more on "Friday Night Light" -- J.D. McCoy's dad or Luke Caffrey's mom? I've got to say, it's rapidly become the latter as her sanctimonius crap against Tami is becoming annoying. Tonight (NBC, 8 p.m.), Tami must withstand the community rallying against her while the Lions get ready for the Panthers.
On cable, SyFy airs new episodes of "Eureka" and "Haven" from 9-11 p.m.
On Saturday, "Being Human" moves to a new time on BBC America, going to 9 p.m.
On Sunday, if you missed the sneak peek of "Rubicon," you can catch the pilot again at 8 p.m., followed by a new episode at 9 p.m. before a new "Mad Men" at 10 p.m. Even one episode in, "Rubicon" is looking to be every bit as good as AMC's other original series.
Also on cable, "True Blood" (HBO, 9 p.m.) is new, followed by new episodes of "Hung" and "Entourage." There's also a new "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.)
On non-pay TV, there are new episodes of "Scoundrels" and "The Gates" from 9-11 p.m. on ABC, while on "My Boys," (TBS, 10 p.m.), the gang celebrates Mike's birthday.
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that "Shark Week" begins on the Discovery Channel.