1. TV Tonight! Good night of TV with the winner being crowned on Design Star, the action heating up on Covert Affairs and an interesting special on The Godfather Legacy.
- NBC has two hours of America’s Got Talent (where anotherr 12 of the top 48 perform … does it never end?) followed by the season finale of Love in the Wild.
- Fox has Hell’s Kitchen (6 chefs remain) at 8 and MasterChef (6 chefs, part 2) at 9.
- ABC’s quirky improv show, Trust Us With Your Life has another 2 episodes tonight at 9 (Jerry Springer) and 9:30 (Florence Henderson) followed by NY Med (Dr. Oz gets his colon checked … really show? Really?) at 10.
- The CW has new The L.A. Complex (young beautiful people have drama) at 9.
- On cable, TNT has new Rizzoli & Isles at 9 and Franklin & Bash at 10; Discovery has two hours of Deadliest Catch starting at 8 followed by After the Catch at 10; USA Network has new White Collar (The team investigates a thief who has avoided capture for years) at 9 and Covert Affairs (Annie, Joan and Lena must work together to bring Auggie back safely) at 10; HGTV has the Design Star season finale tonight at 9; and History has a great sounding special, The Godfather Legacy (how the mobsters from “The Godfather’‘ resonated with audiences and impacted popular culture) from 9-11.
2. Your Next American Idol … Judge! Mariah Carey has signed on as a judge for next season’s American Idol for a reported $18 million paycheck. ka- ching! Kevin Reilly made the announcement during Fox’s TCAQs yesterday.
3. Non Mariah Carey Casting News! Glee has made a couple of additions to its cast (besides finally making official, Chord Overstreet’s status a series regular) with the hiring of Dean Geyer (Terra Nova) and Jacob Artist (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening). Law & Order: SVU will have a new captain for a few episodes next season as Adam Baldwin (Chuck) steps in to the precinct for a three episode stint. Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) has swam from the Rock and landed in CBS’s freshman show, Vegas. According to TVLine.com, Ken Leung (LOST) will guest star in the season premiere of Person of Interest causing LOST Reunion fans to squee.
4. FOX at TCAs. Fox Network presented its shows at the Television Critics Association yesterday and here are the noteworthy recaps on Fringe, X Factor, Fox’s Emmy appeal; and All Star Party! Also, Ben And Kate and The Mindy Project will both made available online beginning on August 27. Last, Mindy Kaling confirmed she will wrap up her role as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s The Office early in the season.