As Fox's American Idol moves through its 12th season, it's hard to remember this show was once so popular it clobbered any new series scheduled against it. With ratings down almost 50 percent from its height, the brightest star is new judge Nicki Minaj — because she might understand the show better than anyone. TV critic Eric Deggans explains.
One TV show is trying to break down Kenyan politicians' stature ahead of Monday's elections. It uses caricatures to prod for answers and expose corruption. "The XYZ Show has always been trying to show the politicians for who they are," one writer says.
Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talk about the passing of former production designer Ray Cusick. Cusick designed the Daleks, an evil alien race on the long-running BBC sci-fi show, Doctor Who. He died Thursday at the age of 84.
CBS has capitalized on its consistently high ratings with shows like CSI and NCIS, but the network is trying out a new formula. It is combining crime-of-the-week stories with longer ongoing story arcs in show like Elementary and Golden Boy, which starts Friday. TV critic Eric Deggans says CBS is trying to keep interest going in the shows so it can capitalize on syndication deals.
It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. She left a void, but there's no need to write an obituary for the talk genre in Chicago. The city is still home to two shows, Windy City Live and the Steve Harvey Show.
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